The Tennessee basketball program has moved on quickly after firing Bruce Pearl. Less than a week later, Tennessee has hired Cuonzo Martin. Prior to taking the Tennessee head coaching gig, Cuonzo Martin was the head coach at Missouri State. This year, Missouri State went 26-9 and Cuonzo Martin was named the coach of the year in the Missouri Valley Conference.
“Cuonzo is among the most promising young coaches in the game, and we are excited about the coaching ability,” said Mike Hamilton, the Tennessee’s AD, “toughness and energy that he brings to our program.”
Bruce Pearl was fired after he lied to investigators from the NCAA. Tennessee faces recruiting violations and after an 19-15 season, Cuonzo Martin faces a challenging job. The good news is that the team’s two best players, Scotty Hopson and Tobias Harris, have eligibility remaining.