KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Phillip Fulmer is only five days into his new role as Tennessee’s athletic director, but the pressure is mounting to find and name a new football coach.
Fulmer is “doing his due diligence” according to a source with knowledge of the coaching search, making sure to be thorough.
Former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin is surely involved in some capacity, either as a head coach candidate or an offensive coordinator candidate.
Martin is one of the top recruiters in the nation, and his work with quarterbacks and Southern Cal’s offense speaks for itself.
It’s hard to know if Martin would leave his post as the Trojans’ offensive coordinator for an offensive coordinator position with the Vols, who are expected to be challenged to make a bowl game next season.
It’s possible that if reports are true that Clemson co-OC Tony Elliott is a candidate for the UCF head coaching job, that Martin would be a candidate to coach on Dabo Swinney’s national championship staff where his son, Amari Rodgers, plays.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 4, 2017
If Fulmer and the Vols were to lose out on Martin to Clemson, it would not be popular with fans or former Tennessee players.
Former Vols, most notably 1998 team captain Al Wilson, have been vocal that Martin and defensive coordinator John Chavis must be brought back to Knoxville to help fix the problem.
Fulmer knows his coaching tree better than anyone, and it seems likely Martin or Chavis — or both — will be on the next staff, regardless of how it shakes out.
Mike Griffith and Josh Ward discuss the coaching situation in today’s Rocky Top podcast.
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