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Cuonzo Martin Hired As Tennessee Basketball Coach, Believe It Or Not

Cuonzo Martin has been hired as the new head coach of Tennessee Volunteers basketball, much to your surprise and amusement — the school announced it will introduce Martin Monday at 2:30 p.m. ET. Martin has had a very brief career as a head coach, running Missouri State hoops for only three seasons and … that’s just about it.

That’s not to say he wasn’t successful at Missouri State. He won a CBI title and a conference regular-season crown. Athletic director Mike Hamilton:

Cuonzo is among the most promising young coaches in the game, and we are excited about the coaching ability, toughness, and energy that he brings to our program.

He’s also held down a Purdue assistant coaching job, and was drafted by the Hawks in 1995 before going on to play for the Bucks and Grizzlies. If you’re doing the math in your head, yeah, he’s only 39 years old. Many Tennessee fans aren’t going to be happy until he proves Hamilton made the right move. And it’ll take a lot for a Vols fan to admit that at this point.

However, calm and rational Tennessee fans, such as those found at Rocky Top Talk, are looking forward to what the Cuonzo Martin regime has in store.

For more on Martin, visit Rocky Top Talk.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.