Respect For Coach Martin

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I agree with Randy Smith that Coach Martin was treated unfairly by some of the UT fan base especially in regard to the idiotic petition to fire him and hire Bruce Pearl (which was never going to happen). However he writes that Dave Hart only offered Cuonzo a $50,000 raise after going to the Sweet Sixteen . Every report I have seen since his resignation was that Hart offered him a $500,000 raise that would have gotten him to $1.8 million annually, which would have put him in the Top 30 coaches in terms of salary.  

Considering he was losing Stokes, Maymon, McRae and Barton and his current recruiting class is ranked 10th in the SEC that would seem to be a fair offer to me. I have all the respect in the world for Coach Martin and hate to see him leave. But sometimes you have a situation that works out well for both parties. Best wishes coach to you and your family, you represented the University with class and dignity and we appreciate all your hard work.

Douglas Jones
Ooltewah

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