The first reports of Tee Martin returning to Tennessee emerged Tuesday. By Wednesday, word was out that Martin was on the trail recruiting for the Volunteers. On Saturday, Tennessee finally made it official.

“I’m excited to welcome back Tee Martin as one of our assistant coaches,” head coach Jeremy Pruitt said in the announcement. “He coordinated some of the nation’s top offenses at USC, and he develops and identifies players as well as any coach in the country. He’s an excellent recruiter, and he is terrific at building relationships with his players. He cares about developing young men on and off the field.

“Tee was the quarterback on one of the greatest teams in school history, winning a national championship. He knows what it take to win here, and I’m excited to have him on our staff.”

For now, Martin’s official title is “assistant coach,” his specific duties will be announced in the coming day. Martin’s statement acknowledges that a reunion with athletic director Phil Fulmer, his head coach, added to the appeal of returning to his alma mater.

“It’s the perfect time to come back home,” Martin said. “With Coach Fulmer’s support, Coach Pruitt is taking the Tennessee program in the right direction, and I’m excited to be a member of this outstanding coaching staff. I truly love this university and I bleed Orange and White. My time here was the greatest four years I could’ve ever imagined on and off the field. It’s my goal to help our Tennessee football student-athletes have the same experiences I had when I was a student here. It’s great to be home.”

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