There has been a lot of discussion on whether the University of Tennessee should fire basketball coach Cuonzo Martin or not—but little attention has been paid to whether Martin will be around to be fired. Sources at UT say Martin isn’t thrilled about threats to his job and the constant fan base call to bring back disgraced coach Bruce Pearl when he comes off NCAA sanctions. The message board nickname of “Gone-zo Martin” has not gone unnoticed.
An online petition to re-hire Pearl has about 35,000 names as of this week.
UT sources say Martin may be fed up with the situation and could be moving on after this season. It is unlikely he would be fired by Chancellor Jimmy Cheek or Athletic Director Dave Hart. Inside sources say the administration is adamant that Pearl is not coming back. They will likely offer Martin another contract.
Martin has a good winning percentage among SEC coaches. The knock on Martin is that his teams haven’t made the NCAA tournament, though that could change depending on the Vols’ performance in the SEC tournament beginning this weekend.