According to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, former Tennessee Vols quarterback Tee Martin, who led the program to its last national championship in 1998, recently turned down an interview to be the head coach at Austin Peay.
The head coaching position at Austin Peay came open last week when Will Healy agreed to become the head coach at Charlotte.
Martin is searching for a new job after he was recently fired as USC’s offensive coordinator. The former Tennessee quarterback had served on USC’s staff since 2012. He was promoted to offensive coordinator by head coach Clay Helton in 2016.
According to Thamel’s report, Martin is hoping to land another gig at a Power-5 school as a coordinator or an assistant coach.
Source: Austin Peay had strong interest in former USC OC Tee Martin for its head coaching job. He declined, as his focus is on staying in the Power 5 as a coordinator or assistant.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 9, 2018
The Vols are currently searching for an offensive coordinator, but it’s hard to imagine Martin being considered for the opening. Martin was fired from USC because the Trojans couldn’t get the job done offensively and needed a change. I can’t see Jeremy Pruitt hiring a recently fired offensive coordinator — especially one who didn’t truly run the offense at his previous stop (the offense at USC was undoubtedly Helton’s offense).
While Martin probably won’t land a Power-5 offensive coordinator job, he’ll still likely be a highly sought after assistant. Martin is widely regarded as one of the best recruiters in the nation.
It wouldn’t shock me if Nick Saban finds a way to bring Tee Martin on staff at Alabama. He has a staff opening with the departure of offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. I could see Saban promoting quarterbacks coach Dan Enos to offensive coordinator and then finding a spot for Martin on his staff.
Either way, Martin shouldn’t have a hard time finding a job as a position coach at a Power-5 program.
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