Vols' Martin Again Among Finalists For Ben Jobe Award

Honor Goes To Nation's Top Minority DI Hoops Coach

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com
Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, who has led the Vols to a Sweet 16 berth in the NCAA tournament, has been selected as one of 19 finalists for the Ben Jobe Award.
Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, who has led the Vols to a Sweet 16 berth in the NCAA tournament, has been selected as one of 19 finalists for the Ben Jobe Award.
- photo by UT Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – CollegeInsiders.com announced its 15 finalists for the 2014 Ben Jobe Award Wednesday, and third-year Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin made the list for the third time in his six-year career.

The Ben Jobe Award is presented annually to the top minority coach in Division I men’s basketball. Jobe is an icon in the history of basketball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is best known as the head coach at Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons.

He also coached at Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Talladega, Tuskegee and South Carolina State.

Martin also was a finalist last season, and he won the award in 2011, his third and final season at Missouri State. He led the Bears to a 26-9 record that year and was named Tennessee’s 18th head coach shortly thereafter on March 28, 2011.

This year, Martin has led the Volunteers to a 24-12 record and the seventh Sweet Sixteen appearance in Tennessee history. The 24-win season is only the fifth time the Big Orange have tallied that many victories in a single campaign.

With the curtain not yet closed on his sixth season as a head coach, Martin currently averages 20.7 wins per year.

Other finalists include Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Roman Banks (Southern), Johnny Dawkins (Stanford), Ron Hunter (Georgia State), James Jones (Yale), Mike Jones (Radford), Joe Jones (Boston University), Danny Manning (Tulsa), Rob Murphy (Eastern Michigan), LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central), Kevin Ollie (UConn), Monte Ross (Delaware), Gary Waters (Cleveland State), Willis Wilson (Texas A&M Corpus Christi).

The winner of the 2014 Ben Jobe award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet April 4 in Dallas.

Martin and the Vols’ next action comes Friday at 7:15 p.m. ET, when the Big Orange tip off against Michigan in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The game will be televised nationally on CBS.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)



Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats 'Steal' A Win At Covenant

After seeing a 13-point first-half lead evaporate and watching their top post player have to be helped off the floor late in the third quarter, the Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats turned to basketball's version of small ball against the Covenant College junior varsity squad  Monday  night, winning 74-60. Forced to play a lineup that did not include a player over ... (click for more)

Cleveland State Basketball Battles Against Jackson State, Columbia State

Cleveland State's women's basketball team won their game against Jackson State but dropped a game to Columbia State this past weekend. Now sitting at 4-3 on the season, 1-3 in the conference, the Lady Cougars will have a chance to steer the ship in the right direction this Christmas break.  Defeating Jackson State 73-71, the Lady Cougars were led by Ebony Kelley who contributed ... (click for more)

Former Executive Assistant To Pilot Sales Director Recalls Being Interviewed By FBI While Nursing Her Baby On The Front Porch

The executive assistant to the vice president of sales at Pilot Flying J told a Chattanooga jury on Monday that she never expected to be interviewed by the FBI on the front porch of her Knoxville home, nursing a one-month-old and with her other two young children running around in the yard. Katy Bibee, who worked directly for an expected star witness for the prosecution, said ... (click for more)

Tony Williams, 26, Shot On Dodson Avenue Late Sunday Night

Tony Williams, 26, was shot late Sunday night on Dodson Avenue. Chattanooga Police responded at 11:50 p.m.,  to the 900 block of Dodson Avenue on a shooting.   Upon arrival, police located the victim who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. HCEMS responded and transported the victim to a nearby hospital. The victim advised police that the ... (click for more)

Pollution For Profit?

Why should Chattanooga allow special interests to boost sediment pollution in our South Chickamauga Creek? To pad their profit margin and pass that cost on to city taxpayers? If your city council votes to reduce the storm water regulations – that is the result we can expect. Special interest homebuilders profit, but citizens pay.  More sediment pollution and paid for with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Two From Sandy

Down through the years I have delighted in sharing stories that come from my friend Sandy Pohfal in Texas. Seeing how Thanksgiving is almost here – day after tomorrow – I figure it’s about time to slow down and let warmth of this week prepare us to give thanks for both the good and bad – without the bad things we wouldn’t recognize the real blessings. The first story I am going ... (click for more)