Sports hosts say some Vol fans pushed Cuonzo Martin away

Sports hosts say some Vol fans pushed Cuonzo Martin away

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"I've seen both sides. We heard fans say man I really wish he were staying at Tennesee, I hate to see him go he did a good job, wish we had been more supportive of him during this past season. Others said glad that he's gone. He maxed out what he was goin "I've seen both sides. We heard fans say man I really wish he were staying at Tennesee, I hate to see him go he did a good job, wish we had been more supportive of him during this past season. Others said glad that he's gone. He maxed out what he was goin
Sports Animal radio talk show host Josh Ward is hearing a mix of reaction from fans. Sports Animal radio talk show host Josh Ward is hearing a mix of reaction from fans.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Local sports talk show hosts say the lack of support from fans pushed Cuonzo Martin away from Vol Nation.

Martin announced Tuesday his decision to leave as the head coach of the University of Tennessee's men's basketball team. He will now coach for the University of California.

Sports Animal radio talk show host Josh Ward is hearing a mix of reaction from fans.

"I've seen both sides. We heard fans say man I really wish he were staying at Tennesee, I hate to see him go he did a good job, wish we had been more supportive of him during this past season. Others said glad that he's gone. He maxed out what he was going to do and things were going to get worse," Ward said.

Earlier this year, a petition seeking to oust Martin and bring back Bruce Pearl received more than 30,000 signatures. In his press conference today, Martin says he never paid much attention to it.

"When you talk about the petition I probably didn't hear about it until it was too late, because when you coach you've got your head down and you're working. You don't get consumed with things outside of your players. For me, I thought it was a great teaching point for our guys," Martin said.

"They had a guy who was winning, and from the outside looking in, this does not look like a great story for Tennessee," said John Pennington, host of Sports Source on WATE.

Pennington says the lack of fan support for a winning coach could tarnish the overall reputation of the program.

"There were stories that some boosters had yanked the planes and said UT can't recruit with them. That won't do UT any favors in terms of hiring a new coach," Pennington said.

 

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