Thursday, February 16, 2012
Tee Martin leaves Kentucky for USC
By Chris Low
Lane Kiffin left the SEC a few years ago, but he still goes head-to-head with some of the SEC schools for recruits ... and coaches.
His latest acquisition was prying Tee Martin away from Kentucky to be the Trojans' receivers coach.
It's a big loss for Kentucky, where Martin had been promoted to passing game coordinator prior to the 2011 season. Martin was one of the Wildcats' most dynamic recruiters, and his success on the recruiting trail was one of the main reasons Kiffin came calling.
Martin, who quarterbacked Tennessee to the 1998 national championship, has made a rapid ascent through the coaching ranks. Prior to his two seasons at Kentucky, Martin had spent just one season coaching at an FBS program when he was the quarterbacks coach at New Mexico in 2009.
Interestingly enough, Martin was never a serious candidate for any of his alma mater's six assistant coaching positions this year. Tennessee Derek Dooley made six coaching hires since the end of the 2011 season, and Martin said he didn't receive a call or an offer from Tennessee at any point.
One of the new hires Dooley did bring in was former Tennessee star running back Jay Graham, who will coach the Vols' running backs.