USC fans—say hello to your new wide receivers coach, Tee Martin.
It's not necessarily breaking news, as Martin was confirmed as a member of the coaching staff in February replacing Ted Gilmore, but his presence is still very new to California.
Most college football fans probably remember Martin from his days at Tennessee. In 1998, Martin was the quarterback of the Tennessee team that won its first national championship in 47 years. Not a bad way to be remembered either.
Head coach Lane Kiffin has been a big fan of adding Martin to his staff from the beginning.
“We are extremely fortunate to make Tee Martin the final addition to our coaching staff,” said Lane Kiffin in a statement to NBCSports.com. “Not only does he bring instant credibility as a national championship quarterback, but he has grown into a nationally recognized coach and recruiter. We look forward to him taking our record-breaking receivers to an even higher level.”
Do you think Tee Martin was a good hire for USC?
Before coming to USC, Martin hailed from Kentucky where he spent two seasons as their wide receivers coach. He was highly touted there for his recruiting skills, something that will definitely benefit the Trojans.
Martin will also have the opportunity to work with Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, USC's top receivers. Both are highly skilled players that will benefit from a coach like Martin.
Hiring Martin definitely brought up a couple of issues with Kiffin, as Martin was one of the more vocal people when Kiffin left Tennessee for USC two years ago. Martin was quoted by Sporting News as saying he was "embarrassed by the timing of it all" and that Kiffin "wanted everyone to buy into what he was selling, and then he left after one year."
However, any animosity that may have been prior to February is gone. According to the Los Angeles Times, both Kiffin and Martin have laughed off the Tennessee comments. That's good news for Trojan fans as the two begin their quest for a national championship in September.
For Martin, this is a good opportunity to work with a very talented group of young men. Considering how talented he is also, it should be a fine fit.