Shortly after it seemed that all was okay in Knoxville, word hit last week that Tennessee Volunteers basketball coach Cuonzo Martin would be heading out west to take over California Golden Bears program.
While a bit shocking to some, it really shouldn’t have been, given the overall circumstances of this past season. Despite Martin and the Vols making a solid run in the NCAA Tournament, he was the villain to most on Rocky Top while the team struggled through part of the regular season.
Actually, he was disliked so much that there were a contingent of Vols fans that petitioned for his firing as well as the re-hiring of former coach Bruce Pearl.
So from a personal standpoint, you really can’t blame Martin for deciding to move on with his life and career.
On Monday, Martin talked with Jim Rome a bit about his decision to leave Tennessee in the end, citing that it was a decision that was best for both parties.
“I just felt, at the end of the day it was the best thing for both parties,” Martin told The Jim Rome Show. “Not to say Tennessee did anything wrong or Coach Martin was disgruntled in any way, shape, or form. It was just best for both parties to move on.”
Martin then said that he was not at all bothered by the petitioning for his job that took place.
“It didn’t bother me at all, to be totally honest with you,” said Martin. “I’ve never been a guy who looks at the news, read the papers when it talks about those things, or even blogs, or radio, for that matter.”
In the end, given all that had happened, this split was definitely what was best for all involved.