Cuonzo Martin Better off After Leaving Tennessee to Coach Cal

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Cuonzo Martin Better off After Leaving Tennessee to Coach Cal
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Cuonzo Martin's biggest flaw at Tennessee was one he could never control: He wasn't Bruce Pearl. Martin, who left the Vols on Tuesday after three seasons to take over as the head coach of Cal, had the misfortune of arriving in Knoxville in 2011 on the heels of the Pearl era. Pearl had been fired after lying to NCAA investigators, as well as the cumulative effect of other violations, after what was perhaps the most successful run in Tennessee basketball history. In six seasons in Knoxville, Pearl took the Volunteers to six NCAA tournaments and lifted UT to the program's first-ever No. 1 ranking. At a football-heavy school, Pearl made the Vols matter on a national basketball level. ...

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