Reports have surfaced in Knoxville that the University of Tennessee has ended their search for a new men's head basketball coach and hired Missouri State's Cuonzo Martin.
Martin played collegiately at Purdue University in the early 90's where he was a First Team All-Big Ten selection.
After a brief stint playing professionally in both the NBA and CBA, Martin made his debut on the bench in 2000 as a member of Gene Keady's staff at his alma mater. In 2007 Martin was promoted to associate head coach under Matt Painter.
After eight seasons as an assistant at Purdue, Martin was hired to be Missouri State's head coach in 2008.
In three seasons in Springfield, Martin posted a record of 61-41, winning 26 games in his final season and winning the regular season Missouri Valley conference championship.
Martin's name was mentioned as a candidate for the UT job almost immediately after Bruce Pearl was forced out, and Knox Vegas Vols' own Joel Barker mentioned him as serious candidate just this past week.
While some may not be thrilled with the hire, simply because it isn't Brad Stevens or Shaka Smart, many people on the hill seem pleased. Martin gives the Vols stability in a time where stability means everything to this program.
There are a lot of questions left to be answered for the BasketVols, such as will Cuonzo dawn the orange jacket and can he recruit in the SEC, however, the quandary that was UT's next head coach has been answered, and Cuonzo Martin is the man for the job.
Stay tuned to KnoxVegasVols.com for more on Cuonzo Martin and the Vols.