The Tennessee Vols made a big splash this week by hiring Jim Chaney away from Georgia to be the program’s new offensive coordinator.
But that shouldn’t be the final addition to Tennessee’s coaching staff.
The Vols need to quickly add UT legend Tee Martin to the staff — and not just because he led Tennessee to a national championship in 1998.
Martin is a solid position coach and an even better recruiter. And right now, the Vols need great recruiters.
If Tennessee doesn’t find a way to get Martin on the staff, there’s a very real possibility he ends up at Alabama. That would be a disastrous situation for Tennessee.
On Thursday, it was reported that Alabama wide receivers coach Josh Gattis will become the new offensive coordinator at Maryland. That means Nick Saban has another opening on his staff.
Sources to @SBNation: Expect Alabama WR coach Josh Gattis to leave the Tide for a coordinator job at another school.
— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) January 10, 2019
Martin, who is from Mobile, AL, would be a perfect candidate to fill Gattis’ spot. He’s a former offensive coordinator at USC, who has plenty of SEC experience (playing at Tennessee and coaching at Kentucky). He would absolutely be an asset for Saban.
Of course, the only obstacle to bringing Martin on staff at UT is that there’s not officially an opening on the Vols’ staff. There have been rumblings that wide receivers coach David Johnson is looking around for another job. And plenty of fans wouldn’t be sad to see running backs coach Chris Weinke hit the road. But as of now, the staff is full.
If I’m Jeremy Pruitt, I find a way to make room for Martin. Letting Weinke go and moving Johnson to running backs (a position he coached at Tulane) would make the most sense.
Another obstacle to hiring Tee Martin is that he might be in play to be Miami’s new offensive coordinator under Manny Diaz. If Martin gets another opportunity to be an offensive coordinator at a Power-5 school, he’d be crazy to pass it up.
Was told that Tee Martin to Miami as OC is very likely to happen, not Major Applewhite. Martin would obviously fit in well recruiting south FLA
— Clint Brewster (@clintbrew247) January 10, 2019
By the way, while I think the Vols should find a way to bring Martin onto the staff, they also need to make sure they retain offensive line coach Will Friend.
Brent Key recently left Alabama to become the offensive line coach at Georgia Tech. It’s reasonable to expect Saban to target Friend, who played at Alabama, to replace Key.
Would Friend leave Pruitt?
I tend to think that he wouldn’t. But it’s still a situation worth monitoring.
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