Tennessee Football: Former Quarterback Tee Martin To Join Lane Kiffin at USC

Blake SilversAnalyst IIIFebruary 16, 2012

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According to WBIR-TV in Knoxville, former national championship quarterback Tee Martin has left Kentucky to join Lane Kiffin's staff at Southern California.  

The former Volunteers quarterback, who joined the Wildcats coaching staff for the 2010 season, has decided to head west to sunny Los Angeles, in a move that may lose him some brownie points with many Tennessee fans.  

Considering that Lane Kiffin left Knoxville after only one noisy season to take over for his former boss Pete Carroll, leaving the University of Tennessee's football program scrambling to find a coach, he is hardly a celebrated figured among Vols fans.  

Tee Martin, who had been building a reputation at Kentucky as a great recruiter, leaves Kentucky with a sizable hole to fill on their coaching staff with this move.  

Fans may wonder why Martin has never been a serious contender for a spot on the Tennessee coaching staff given his recruiting skills, and the question is certainly an interesting one.  

Kentucky released a statement after Martin's decision became public stating that Joker Phillips had "tried very hard" to talk him into staying in Lexington and continued to persuade his decision even after he had been offered a position with the Trojans on Monday (Feb. 13).  

Kiffin gains an up-and-coming recruiter at the expense of Joker Phillips, while Vols fans are forced into a confusing gaggle of emotions as their beloved former quarterback joins the staff of the man they love to hate.