Tennessee’s new men’s basketball head coach was assured by America’s Sharpest Athletic Director™ that all is under control in Vol Land.
“Mike assured me everything will work out, and I support that 100 percent,” Martin said. “Whatever happens with the NCAA, I’m here to coach a ball team and to be successful doing that. I’m really not concerned with what the NCAA has to do, what they have to say. We’ll just wait and see when that happens.”
Still, he’s not that trusting.
Martin’s “memorandum of understanding” — a contract has not been finalized — at UT includes clauses that protect his position in the face of NCAA sanctions. The five-year agreement would be extended annually for each year of recruiting restrictions, scholarship reductions or a postseason ban from the NCAA. [Emphasis added.]
With Pearl’s and Junior’s issues, that’s got the potential to be Hewitt-esque.
Oh, and speaking of the Laner, guess who wants to come to Tennessee’s infractions hearing with the NCAA?
USC AD Pat Haden says he wants to attend Tennessee’s June infractions hearing as an “observer.”
Haden told CBSSports.com he was in the process of making a request to the NCAA.
“I hope I’m able to attend as an observer,” Haden said. “I have a request [in] … I’ve been told by people I should be able to.”
All of which leads to today’s orange-tinted poll.