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  • #1 by Doug on 15 Apr 2014
  • Only one site is reporting this right now, HOWEVER, both Mark Ennis and Wes Rucker have all but confirmed that this is a done deal.

    http://collegespun.com/sec/tennessee-sec/report-cuonzo-martin-leaving-tennessee-for-california
  • #2 by mizzouman on 15 Apr 2014
  • Who's up next for the Vols?  Shaka?  Marshall?
  • #3 by azhog10 on 15 Apr 2014
  • #4 by tannerstahl on 15 Apr 2014
  • This makes me laugh!
  • #5 by mizzouman on 15 Apr 2014
  • I'd be on the phone to Greg Marshall, NOW!!
  • #6 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 ∑8m
    Good luck spinning this, Tennessee. Itís not a good look.
  • #7 by Hawg Red on 15 Apr 2014
  • Martin, IMO, was a mediocre coach. What we saw this season was likely the best he's teams would do. With Bruce Pearl going to Auburn, Tennessee is going to feel the pressure to make a big splash here. Gregg Marshall finally ready for a major-conference gig?
  • #8 by nextlevel on 15 Apr 2014
  • I'd be on the phone to Greg Marshall, NOW!!

    He turned their job down before they hired Counzo, why would he take it now?
  • #9 by Hawg Red on 15 Apr 2014
  • He turned their job down before they hired Counzo, why would he take it now?

    Maybe he's ready. Things change. They were just coming off the whole Bruce Pearl debacle then. They're coming off a Sweet 16 now.
  • #10 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Jimmy Hyams ‏@JimmyHyams ∑13 mins
    We've confirmed Cuonzo Martin has taken Cal job. After apparent agreement reached, I'm told terms and buyout issues with agent blocked deal
  • #11 by nextlevel on 15 Apr 2014
  • Maybe he's ready. Things change. They were just coming off the whole Bruce Pearl debacle then. They're coming off a Sweet 16 now.

    And Wichita St. is a better program now than Tennessee has ever been.

  • #12 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred ∑22m
    Tennessee sends out release saying Dave Hart will meet with the media at 2:30 p.m. No subject addressed.
  • #13 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred ∑1 min
    Confirmed with UT player that #Vols were informed of Cuonzo Martin's departure to Cal in a team meeting at 12:30. Martin was not present.
  • #14 by Hawg Red on 15 Apr 2014
  • And Wichita St. is a better program now than Tennessee has ever been.

    Because Marshall took them to ONE Final Four?

    They were better under Pearl than Wichita State is right now under Marshall. Maybe that changes over time (if Marshall stays), but they have only 3 tournament appearances under Marshall and only one run of note.

    Bit premature on your part, I'd say.
  • #15 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Retweeted by Cal Men's Basketball
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    Have you renewed your @CalMensBBall tickets yet?

    #GoBears

  • #16 by jry04 on 15 Apr 2014
  • I am kind of sad about this. I don't feel he was recruiting all that great at UT, and his team actually had a ton of talent this season and was expected to make the NCAAT comfortably. I know they made it to the Sweet 16, but they also had a somewhat easy path there. I feel like he is relatively unproven. UT has a chance to be a pretty good basketball program. It is going to be tough to make a big hire right now, though. Like with every coaching change, there will be a player or two transfer. Throw in Maymon, Stokes, McRae, and Barton being gone, and it does not look like they will be competitive for a few seasons. I expected them to be bottom half of the conference next year with Martin, but if they lose another player or two due to the coaching change they may end up being playing the first day of the SECT.
  • #17 by Hawg Red on 15 Apr 2014
  • I am kind of sad about this. I don't feel he was recruiting all that great at UT, and his team actually had a ton of talent this season and was expected to make the NCAAT comfortably. I know they made it to the Sweet 16, but they also had a somewhat easy path there. I feel like he is relatively unproven. UT has a chance to be a pretty good basketball program. It is going to be tough to make a big hire right now, though. Like with every coaching change, there will be a player or two transfer. Throw in Maymon, Stokes, McRae, and Barton being gone, and it does not look like they will be competitive for a few seasons. I expected them to be bottom half of the conference next year with Martin, but if they lose another player or two due to the coaching change they may end up being playing the first day of the SECT.

    Why does that all make you sad?
  • #18 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Retweeted by Wes Rucker
     Mark Ennis ‏@MarkEnnis ∑18m
    Shout out to @wesrucker247 who now gets to cover his 7th football/men's bball/women's bball coach or AD search since 2008.

    Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 ∑18 mins
    Iíll be back in a bit. Iím gonna go dip my head in a vat of acid.

    Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 ∑1 min
    #Vols got a commitment yesterday. And the signing period opens tomorrow. Because everything here always makes sense.
  • #19 by Hawg Red on 15 Apr 2014
  • Twitter got me.
  • #20 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP ∑11m
    I am not surprised that Cuonzo left. I was surprised he didn't end up at Marquette. I can't say I saw this one coming.
  • #21 by nextlevel on 15 Apr 2014
  • Because Marshall took them to ONE Final Four?

    They were better under Pearl than Wichita State is right now under Marshall. Maybe that changes over time (if Marshall stays), but they have only 3 tournament appearances under Marshall and only one run of note.

    Bit premature on your part, I'd say.

    How many final fours has Tennessee been too?

    I'll wait for you to check the record books.

    There is more to a program than the tournament, Marshall is in a much better job than Tennessee and their unrealistic expectations that go with it.
  • #22 by Big Nasty 34 on 15 Apr 2014
  • That's what you get Tennessee! Ha
  • #23 by Hawg Red on 15 Apr 2014
  • How many final fours has Tennessee been too?

    I'll wait for you to check the record books.

    There is more to a program than the tournament, Marshall is in a much better job than Tennessee and their unrealistic expectations that go with it.

    Does one Final Four outweigh multiple tournament runs?

    If you offered gave 10 coaches the choice between Tennessee and Wichita State, how many chose Wichita State?
  • #24 by nextlevel on 15 Apr 2014
  • Twitter report that Shaka Smart was taken the UT job.

    So, the guy who turned down the UCLA job last year, takes the Tennessee job?

    Sounds legit.
  • #25 by jry04 on 15 Apr 2014
  • And Wichita St. is a better program now than Tennessee has ever been.


    They caught fire one year in the NCAAT. In his 7 seasons, they finished below .500, .500, NIT, NIT Champs, NCAA, Final Four, and 2nd round loss in NCAA. Tennessee made the NCAAT 6 straight seasons from 2006-2011. They also made the Sweet 16 3 of those times, and the Elite 8 once.

  • #26 by nextlevel on 15 Apr 2014
  • Does one Final Four outweigh multiple tournament runs?

    When "runs" equate to a couple sweet 16s and and 2nd round appearances, yes.

    This isn't UT's women's program we are talking about.

    The men's program has NC expectations with an elite8 ceiling.
  • #27 by Smithian on 15 Apr 2014
  • If Tennessee hired Shaka Smart then they managed the upgrade.

    Wow.
  • #28 by jry04 on 15 Apr 2014
  • Twitter report that Shaka Smart was taken the UT job.
    That was a joke, because Marquette news stations reported that Smart had accepted the Marquette job when he hadn't.
  • #29 by Hawg Red on 15 Apr 2014
  • If Tennessee hired Shaka Smart then they managed the upgrade.

    Wow.

    Was apparently a joke. Guess I didn't get it.
  • #30 by Hawg Red on 15 Apr 2014
  • When "runs" equate to a couple sweet 16s and and 2nd round appearances, yes.

    This isn't UT's women's program we are talking about.

    The men's program has NC expectations with an elite8 ceiling.

    Try two Sweet 16s and an Elite 8.
  • #31 by nextlevel on 15 Apr 2014
  • They caught fire one year in the NCAAT. In his 7 seasons, they finished below .500, .500, NIT, NIT Champs, NCAA, Final Four, and 2nd round loss in NCAA. Tennessee made the NCAAT 6 straight seasons from 2006-2011. They also made the Sweet 16 3 of those times, and the Elite 8 once.



    And?

    Counzo makes the sweet16 and could not even get an extension on the years of his contract.

    Marshall is paid well, can bring in talent that he would not be able to bring into Tennessee, and has great job security and grateful fans of said program.
  • #32 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • MercNews ‏@mercnews ∑11m
    Report: Cal to name Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as new basketball coach http://bit.ly/1jIjRNH
  • #33 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Clay Travis ‏@ClayTravisBGID ∑30m
    Good luck to Cuonzo at Cal. Dave Hart and Vols didn't want to keep him. So now how much will UT pay to replace him?
  • #34 by Hawg Red on 15 Apr 2014
  • And?

    Counzo makes the sweet16 and could not even get an extension on the years of his contract.

    Marshall is paid well, can bring in talent that he would not be able to bring into Tennessee, and has great job security and grateful fans of said program.

    My man, you asked a question and you were given an answer. You don't have to like the answer, but things and opinions and stances do change. No one here knows what's going through Gregg Marshall's head, but it's reasonable to hypothesize that he might have changed his mind from the last time. Or not. We'll see. Or we won't.
  • #35 by bigredone on 15 Apr 2014
  • He would have a tougher time scheduling 35 straight wins in the SEC. Maybe he wants a challenge?
  • #36 by jry04 on 15 Apr 2014
  • And?

    Counzo makes the sweet16 and could not even get an extension on the years of his contract.

    Marshall is paid well, can bring in talent that he would not be able to bring into Tennessee, and has great job security and grateful fans of said program.
    My point is you are wrong about Wichita state being a better basketball program now than UT ever was. What Martin did is irrelevant. UT was consistently a top 25, and at times a top 5 program in the mid-2000s. Wichita State had one lucky run as an 8 seed, and then played the easiest schedule ever this year. At the end of the regular season, WSU had not played a single top 25 team in the final top 25 poll. They were a good team, but with even an SEC schedule would have lost 5 or 6 games on the year.
  • #37 by jry04 on 15 Apr 2014
  • Why does that all make you sad?
    I wanted Cuonzo to stay at UT and continue to underachieve. With the right coach, I think UT could be a dominant basketball program. UT should have been a top 25 team all season this year, and been the clear #3 in the SEC.
  • #38 by Breems on 15 Apr 2014
  • LoL. Bolting before things go downhill.
  • #39 by Doug on 15 Apr 2014
  • Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 ∑1 min
    #Vols got a commitment yesterday. And the signing period opens tomorrow. Because everything here always makes sense.
    Aaaaand there goes that commitment.

    Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred 1m
    Per those last two tweets, Cuonzo Martin is taking his 7-1 center Kingsley Okoroh to Cal. He committed to UT yesterday.
  • #40 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 ∑29s
    Guys Iíd wanna call: Chris Mack, Tim Miles, Richard Pitino, Danny Manning, Tad Boyle, Michael White, Donnie Tyndall.
  • #41 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Jordan McRae ‏@JordyMac52 ∑24m
    Can't treat people any kind of way and expect good in return.
  • #42 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Aaaaand there goes that commitment.

    Ben Frederickson ‏@Ben_Fred 1m
    Per those last two tweets, Cuonzo Martin is taking his 7-1 center Kingsley Okoroh to Cal. He committed to UT yesterday.

    The headline read: Will lessen the impact of Stokes going pro
  • #43 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN ∑10m
    Two-pronged question: 1) Is Tennessee interested "this time" in Gregg Marshall?  2) Would he leave Wichita State now for Knoxville?
  • #44 by Solomwi on 15 Apr 2014
  • Bruce Pearl to Tennessee  :'(
  • #45 by Doug on 15 Apr 2014
  • Between the AD, CFB, MBB and WBB, Tennessee is on their 7th change... since 2008.
  • #46 by Hogarusa on 15 Apr 2014
  • My point is you are wrong about Wichita state being a better basketball program now than UT ever was. What Martin did is irrelevant. UT was consistently a top 25, and at times a top 5 program in the mid-2000s. Wichita State had one lucky run as an 8 seed, and then played the easiest schedule ever this year. At the end of the regular season, WSU had not played a single top 25 team in the final top 25 poll. They were a good team, but with even an SEC schedule would have lost 5 or 6 games on the year.

    Not sure how you have a "lucky run" to the Final 4 and they are the first team to ever post a 31-0 record in the regular season. Easy schedule or not-if it hasnt been done in the history its a remarkable achievement. 

    I dont quite see the SEC as a place that young coaches want to jump to in college basketball.  If the Vols are able to get Shaka or Marshall, it would be a heck of a hire.  I would pay out Pearl at Auburn and bring him back.
  • #47 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Cal Bears ‏@CalAthletics ∑14m
    MT @gobearsad: Welcome to #BearTerritory! Cuonzo Martin to be announced this PM as HeadMen's Basketball Coach @Cal! pic.twitter.com/vQeBH58CNJ

  • #48 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2014
  • Jeronne Maymon ‏@JeronneMaymon ∑10m
    Not even surprised... It was just a matter of time! #RESPECT
  • #49 by Hoggish1 on 15 Apr 2014
  • Guess he threw it in Tenner's face (They lost a good one after their fans got stupid...).  Good for him! 
  • #50 by Brass Knob on 15 Apr 2014
  • Marshall is not going to Tenner. There were better jobs last season and this season that he had not interest in. They better bring Cal (Coach Cal not Cuanzo Cal) money to the table if they want him to leave Wichita State for UTK. He knows there will be better job offers next season as well if he decides he wants "a challenge".
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