Current USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin is 2,500 miles from Troy today, as he’s in Knoxville to talk with new Tennessee head coach Butch Jones about a position on his staff, according to Volquest.
According to the Rivals affiliate, the Vols have position coaches for every unit with the exception of the wide receivers, making Martin a perfect fit. Add in the fact that Martin led the Vols to a 1999 Fiesta Bowl victory that earned the school the first ever BCS National Championship, and it’s a no-brainer why they are targeting the former quarterback. Then there’s always the little nugget that Tennessee would love nothing more than sticking it at Lane Kiffin, as Mr. SEC points out.
Martin got his start in coaching in 2009 at New Mexico coaching quarterbacks, and joined USC’s staff a year ago, after two seasons at Kentucky as the Wildcats’ wide receivers coach. This season under Martin, receiver Marqise Lee won the Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s best receiver and finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting behind Johnny Manziel, Manti Te’o and Collin Klein.
While Martin’s tenure has been a success for USC so far, especially in the recruiting sphere, there are grumbles that the former Tennessee legend hasn’t been happy working under Lane Kiffin. Scott Wolf of the Daily News alleges that “the repetitive nature of some duties that USC coaches are required to do during the season” hasn’t made a fan out of Martin, in addition to not being allowed to join Marqise Lee at the Biletnikoff Award ceremony in Orlando last week.
For the Trojans, finding a new wide receivers coach won’t be a new venture as they’ve had four coaches in four years, but the biggest detraction with a loss of Martin would be his recruiting prowess. Martin is in charge of recruiting in the Tennessee/Kentucky region for the Trojans and has been the main recruiter for Jalen Ramsey and Jason Hatcher.