Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Source: Martin agrees to become WRs coach
By Pedro Moura
USC coach Lane Kiffin has filled out his staff, hiring former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin as the Trojans' new receivers coach on Wednesday, a program source confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com.
Martin had served as the receivers coach for Kentucky for the last two seasons, taking on the additional duties of passing game coordinator last year. He's known as a top recruiter but has only two years of experience coaching wideouts at any level.
USC quarterback Matt Barkley broke the news on Twitter Wednesday evening, writing, "Excited to welcome @TeeMartin17 to the Trojan Family as our new WR coach! Gonna be a great year!"
A USC spokesperson said he could not confirm Martin's hiring. Kiffin was not available for comment.
The school has not officially announced the two other assistant hirings made this week. Former Nebraska assistant Marvin Sanders filled the spot vacated by Willie Mack Garza as the Trojans' defensive backs coach and Scottie Hazelton replaced Joe Barry as the team's linebackers coach.
Kiffin, making an appearance at the USC-Stanford basketball game Sunday, declined to comment about the hirings.
Martin, 33, led Tennessee to the national championship in 1998 and is well-respected in Knoxville. He had some interesting comments about his new boss' departure from Tennessee to USC in January 2010, writing a column in the Sporting News that said he never expected Kiffin to leave the Volunteers after just one season.
"We were led to believe that Lane Kiffin was going to be the next Phillip Fulmer, but he left a year later," Martin wrote at the time. "Frankly, I'm embarrassed by the timing of it all. Lane Kiffin was hired to do a job for the University of Tennessee. He wanted everyone to buy into what he was selling, and then he left after one year."
Martin will coach perhaps the nation's most talented group of receivers in 2012, with returning 1,000-yard men Robert Woods and Marqise Lee as well as former five-star George Farmer, among others.