FEELS LIKE '98: Martin wants to bring championship magic back to UT

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin is coming home to coach at his Alma mater.

ESPN's Chris Low reported early Tuesday morning that Martin has accepted a position with the University of Tennessee to join Jeremy Pruitt's coaching staff as a full-time assistant.

It's unclear exactly what position Martin will coach for the Volunteers. There are currently no openings on Jeremy Pruitt's staff, but that didn't necessarily matter to Pruitt and Tennessee. Low says that just getting Martin on staff was the top priority.

"Tee Martin was a priority for Jeremy Pruitt," he said. "He was a priority for Philip Fulmer. These have been conversations that have been going on for a while. And Tennessee knew it had to step up to the table."

Low told us that Martin had lots of opportunities. He was approached by Alabama, Auburn and Maryland. And one SEC school was interested in hiring Martin to run its offense.

"Vanderbilt was a team that liked Tee as an offensive coordinator," Low said. "That was something that Tee thought seriously about. When you've been a coordinator, you want to call plays...but at the end of the day, to come back to Tennessee...that outweighed everything else for Tee Martin."

Martin has served as the offensive coordinator at USC since 2016. He's been on the Trojans' staff since 2012 as a wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. Before moving to Southern Cal, Martin coached wide receivers at Kentucky in 2010 and 2011.

Tee played for coach Fulmer back in the 90's. Now he gets the opportunity to join Fulmer in a different way.

Low says that the ability to work with his former head coach and mentor was a major factor.

"He's had conversations with Jeremy Pruitt, but he's also talked to Philip Fulmer," Low said. "There's more of a comfort zone with Tee now that Philip Fulmer is here."

Martin won a National Championship with Fulmer and the Vols over 20 years ago and according to Low, he's excited to bring his program back to national prominence.

"He wants to get this program back to where it was 20 years ago when he was here," Low said. "He's tasted that success at Tennessee as a player. He'd love nothing better than to taste that success as a coach as well."