Knoxville, Tenn-- Since arriving on Campus, Cuonzo Martin helped football head coach Butch Jones feel right at home. Jones has mixed emotions about Martin's departure, saying he's sad to see his friend go but is happy for his opportunity. Jones sees this as a great chance to sell the concept of tradition and "One Tennessee" to another qualified candidate. "Well again, it's the power of who we are, it's Tennessee and we have such great tradition not just in football but in every sport we have here at Tennessee. And we're lead by a great administration, we have a great vision for what we want, we talk about competitive excellence in everything we do and comprehensive excellence as well so I know they will make a great decision for Tennessee basketball." Coach Jones said.
Some blame the thousands of fans who signed the petition to have Cuonzo removed. Former Vol Skyler McBee, who played for one year under Martin, talks about how this petition might have played out inside the UT locker room. "It's one of those things you say you block out and you say all these things yet, in reality it's hard to do that. And as a coach you want to see that your fan base supports you and I know that coach Martin felt like that just like any coach would and I'm sure that was hard for him, but that's part of it. And in this college game he's gotta do what's best for him and his family and I wish him all the best." McBee said.
Tennessee moves on now with yet another coach search as the Vols look to hire the basketball programs 7th coach in the last 20 years.