Wednesday, December 12, 2012

1 Tee Martin turning down UT is not the end of the world

By Kenny Howell

It would have been nice to have Tee Martin back on the sidelines for the Vols, but it's not going to crumble the program any more so than it already has been broken down.

Martin is a good coach and recruiter, and would have been a good face for the program, but there are plenty of other coaches out there that are as good, if not better than him.

There has been a lot of grumbling over the last several weeks that UT has lost its way because it got away from hiring Tennessee people. We lost our way because we hired bad coaches. What UT guy would have restored that? And if any of you say Gruden, by god I will burn this whole place down.

Tennessee football is not any different than any other football. We play by the same rules as everyone else, and our program runs pretty much the same. Just because a guy went to school here, or a coach formerly coached here, doesn't make them a better hire, or a necessity. Once the ball is snapped, their players still have to do what they had taught them to do.

This idea that people who have ties to other universities are purposely wrecking the program, or that they just don't care enough about it, is absurd. Why in the world would someone take a job, one that is very much in the public eye, and not try their hardest to be successful at it because of a love for an university they were once associated with? They would purposefully wreck their professional careers because they used to go to Alabama or Florida, and would love to see Tennessee suffer through mediocrity? The logic doesn't add up.

So, let's stop all the talk about Martin would have really brought us back to prominence because he knows the UT way. If he would have taken us back to the top, it would have been because he is a good coach, not the colors he wore in college.

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