Tee Martin is glad to be back home.
Tennessee fans universally praised Jeremy Pruitt’s recent decision to bring back the quarterback that led the Volunteers to the BCS National Championship title in 1998 and based on Martin’s comments, he’s just as glad to return to Rocky Top.
His exact role on Pruitt’s staff has yet to be determined, but that hasn’t stopped Martin from hitting the ground running as soon as he donned the orange and white once again. Since being hired by Tennessee, Martin has been on the road recruiting for the Volunteers. In order to make that permitted by the NCAA, Pruitt had to pull safeties coach Charles Kelly from the road due to the fact FBS teams are only allowed to have 10 staff members on the road recruiting.
Tennessee currently has 11 on-the-field coaches on staff under Pruitt. If one of those assistants don’t leave for another school, Pruitt will ultimately be forced to demote a coach.
Soon after his hiring at Tennessee, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic caught up with Tennessee’s newest assistant coach. Based on Martin’s comments, he’s happy to be back home.
“It just felt natural to put those colors (Tennessee orange and white) back on. It just feels right,” Martin said.
Those are words many Tennessee fans have been eager to hear from Martin for some time. If you were unaware, Martin has been interviewed for a position at Tennessee on multiple occasions in the past. However, none of those interviews were for the head coaching position on Rocky Top.
Whatever led Tennessee and Martin to not reunite until now is irrelevant, as Tee is back and eager to work hard to get the program back to where it was the previous time the former Volunteer signal caller was wearing orange and white — back to contending annually for SEC and national titles.