KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Athletic director John Currie all but guaranteed a recruit that Tennessee will have a new head football coach in place before Dec. 20, the start of the early signing period.
Vols’ prized 2018 quarterback commit Adrian Martinez told SEC Country podcast host Josh Ward that he spoke with Currie on Sunday night.
“I asked him, since I was enrolling early, if I could expect to get to see this new coach and talk to him and have a feel before going and signing for this school,” Martinez said. “He said, ‘Most certainly.’
“He actually said, ’If there’s not a new head coach by Dec. 20, then there will be a new AD in town, so I’m confident he’s going to get the job done and it’s going to happen pretty quickly — as quickly as it can.”
Martinez, a 4-star dual-threat quarterback from Fresno, Calif., said Currie made him feel better about his commitment to Tennessee after coach Butch Jones was fired on Sunday.
“I can tell from what he told my father and I he’s working really hard,” Martinez said. “It won’t be hours when the decision will be made, it’s going to be days, there will be a lot of work that goes into this decision.
“It’s going to be someone who’s a leader, and someone who’s going to get this program back to where it needs to be. He’s really reassured us he’s going to get it done. He gave us a message of positivity and to have confidence in him.”
Ward, who also co-hosts the Sports 180 show on Knoxville’s WNML 990 AM, talked about his interview with Martinez and the recent turn of events in today’s podcast.
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