Former Tennessee Vols quarterback Tee Martin was fired from his position as USC’s offensive coordinator on Tuesday.
— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) November 27, 2018
It’s not much of a surprise that Martin, who was hired by USC in 2012 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2016, was let go by the Trojans.
USC head coach Clay Helton barely kept his job after winning only five games in 2018. Typically when a head coach narrowly avoids being fired, a coordinator change is imminent. Martin, who lost his play calling duties midway through the 2018 season, was an obvious choice to be replaced.
With Martin now out of a job, and the Vols searching for an offensive coordinator, it’s understandable that some Tennessee fans are clamoring to “bring Tee home”.
I don’t think that’s a bad idea, but I don’t think Martin should be hired as the Volunteers’ offensive coordinator. Hiring a recently fired offensive coordinator would be a foolish move by Jeremy Pruitt.
But bringing Martin back as a position coach could be a smart move.
Make no mistake, I’d take Tee back in a heartbeat, for any position that is not OC.
I’d swap him for Weinke.
Single connections to IMG vs one the best national recruiters.
— Michael D. Greene (@UTslick68) November 27, 2018
Martin is undoubtedly one of the nation’s top recruiters. There would be absolutely no downside to having him on staff as a position coach. Some things would have to be shuffled around on the staff, but it could work.
If running backs coach Chris Weinke were to be let go, Martin could slide in and coach running backs. Or current wide receivers coach David Johnson could coach running backs (which he coached at Tulane) and Martin could coach wide receivers.
Of course, it really all depends on what Pruitt wants. If Martin and Pruitt don’t gel together, then “bringing Tee home” is out of the question. Pruitt isn’t going to hire a coach unless he believes they’re a good fit. Just because Martin had an illustrious career on Rocky Top doesn’t mean he’d fit in well with the current staff.
Then again, Pruitt and Fulmer seem to work pretty well together, so maybe that’s a sign that Martin would fit in nicely.
By the way, if Tennessee doesn’t bring Martin on staff, I could see Nick Saban quickly offering the former Vol an analyst role at Alabama. It would be the most Nick Saban thing ever (and entirely predictable).
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