KNOXVILLE (WATE) - University of Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart and head men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin issued statements Tuesday saying Martin has no current plans to leave UT.
The statements come after reports that Martin met with Marquette about the head coach opening there. Later reports said that Martin had removed his name from consideration for that position, which eventually went to Duke assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski.
Martin said in his statement that he is committed to Tennessee and the team's performance in the NCAA Tournament confirms that commitment:
"The past three seasons here at the University of Tennessee have been extremely rewarding for me, my family and my staff. We accepted some unique challenges when we took over this program in 2011, but our recent run to the Sweet Sixteen proves that our blueprint for achieving excellence both on and off the court can generate tremendous results.
"Just as our players have 'bought in' and made a commitment to doing things the right way in all aspects of their lives, my staff and I feel a strong commitment to them and their continued growth as men.
"Tennessee is where I want to be. That has never changed. I have said many times over the past three years that I believe we have the resources and support to be the last team standing, and that belief has never been stronger. I appreciate the unrivaled passion of this fanbase and feel the responsibility to make those fans proud. I also appreciate the commitment that the university and athletic department leadership have shown to this staff. I am excited about the future and remain honored to be the head basketball coach at Tennessee. Go Vols!"
Hart also issued a statement with similar sentiments:
"We are proud that Cuonzo Martin will continue to lead our men's basketball program. His three Tennessee teams have finished in the upper echelon of the SEC, and each of those teams entered the month of March in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid. His third team excelled in the postseason," said Hart.
Hart says the university is working on modifications to Martin's contract and will release details of those adjustments when they are finalized.
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