UT introduces basketball coach Cuonzo Martin

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Cuonzo Martin says he did his homework on the possible NCAA punishment Tennessee faces before agreeing to accept the job as the Volunteers' new men's basketball coach.

Martin also says athletic director Mike Hamilton assures him Tennessee's situation with the NCAA will work out.

Tennessee introduced the 39-year-old Martin as the Vols' new coach Monday just a week after Bruce Pearl was fired for recruiting violations. Martin takes over not knowing what kind of sanctions the NCAA might impose. Tennessee School officials will go before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions on June 10-11, with final word on the Vols' punishment likely not coming until the fall.

Hamilton says Martin, who spent the last three seasons at Missouri State, is going to win "the right way."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Fire Hamilton Location: Knoxville on Mar 28, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    What does Hamilton know about doing anything "the right way"? What an idiot.
  • by Bob Location: Madisonville on Mar 28, 2011 at 05:38 PM
    I liked Coach Perl and hate to see him leave. However, he brought these problems on himself. I am neither for nor against Mike Hamilton in this situation. Coach Martin had nothing to do with these problems at UT and should be afforded time to prove what he can do with the men's basketball program and the UT image. It will be interesting to hear what Don Devoe says about this hire.


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