Tennessee Volunteers Football: Could Tee Martin Return to Rocky Top?
Well, one of Tennessee's coaches is already gone. On Thursday, Charlie Baggett was fired...er...I mean, Charlie Baggett retired from the Tennessee staff after a long, successful career of two years.
After the loss to Kentucky, everyone knew some people were gonna go. You don't lose to an opponent for the first time in 26 years and also have your first back-to-back losing seasons since 1911 without some house cleaning.
Now the question on everyone's mind is, "Is he the only one to go, or the first of many?"
I have a feeling that the rest of the coaching staff will stay intact unless the higher-ups think they can find an upgrade, for now. So, as of right now, Tennessee needs a new wide receivers coach. Any big names that are available?
Here's one: Tee Martin.
You remember Tee Martin, right? I mean, he wasn't a big deal. All he did was lead Tennessee to win the first BCS National Championship game.
Today, Martin is wide receivers coach at Kentucky. He isn't a huge name in the coaching world, but he may be an up-and-comer. I'd like to think he was at least partially responsible for some of the success of the best receiver in the history of Kentucky.
Randall Cobb's breakout year was the 2010 season, when Tee Martin became the wide receivers coach at Kentucky.
He seems to happy at Kentucky, but I'm willing to bet if his alma mater were to offer him the same job he has now, he'd probably leap at the opportunity. Make no mistake, his heart is with Tennessee, so we'll get him if we want him enough. But do we?
Should Tennessee hire away Tee Martin?
Right now, Martin has a very small body of work, consisting of just two years with Kentucky.
Still, one of those years was one of the best years Kentucky football has had recently. They produced a top-notch receiver, they upset the SEC East champion, and made a bowl game. That's impressive by Kentucky standards.
This season, their offense was anemic, but part of what allowed them to end a 26-year losing streak against Tennessee was one of their wide receivers stepping up into the quarterback position and doing it very well.
He's done some good things so far. Maybe he'll do more if we bring him aboard.
However, what he will really bring is a sense of Tennessee pride that a lot of Tennessee's players will need next year, not to mention the clout that comes along with being a national championship-winning quarterback.
He's also just 33 years old. Yeah, you read that right. If even part of the good things at Kentucky these last few years are his doing, then he's going places. I'm hoping one of those places will be Tennessee.
We'll just have to wait and see how things develop in the next few days, but I have a feeling that Tee Martin will be with his old team soon.
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