Former Vols coach Cuonzo Martin offered Mizzou job according to reports

Kristopher Drake
March 17, 2017

The farthest his team has gone in the tournament is the Sweet 16 in 2014 when Tennessee beat Iowa in a "First Four" matchup before knocking off MA and Mercer to get to the second weekend.

The University of Missouri has offered their head coaching job to Cuonzo Martin, national news outlets report.

ESPN's Paul Finebaum said that Martin turned down an offer from IL worth $18 million.

The East Saint Loius, Ill. native was also rumored to be a candidate for the vacant post at IL. He coached Tennessee for three seasons before taking the California job. Under Martin's watch, the Bears won the regular season Missouri Valley Conference title in 2010-11. The fact that Pearl was still an icon for Vols fans coupled with the fact that Martin was more reserved than Pearl led to an online petition of 40,000 fans calling for Martin's firing.

Martin, a native of East St. Louis, Ill., compiled a 62-39 record with one NCAA tournament appearance in three seasons with the Golden Bears. This shows through his teams, as they traditionally play with a defense first mentality similar to that of Tony Bennett at Virginia. The Bears were upset in the first round to Hawaii and narrowly missed the tournament in 2017, after a 21-13 record. Prior to Cal, Martin was the head coach at Tennessee and Missouri State. Cal was his first time coaching on the West Coast.

That would make Cuonzo Martin the highest paid basketball coach in Missouri history. Missouri's head coach Kim Anderson resigned shortly after the season ended. As the week moved along, however, it began to look like Crean would stay put.

March 16, 2012 marked the beginning of a downturn for Missouri's basketball program.

As a player, Martin was best known for his defensive toughness and awareness.

While the facilities arms race is showing no signs of slowing down across college athletics, and no program is ever satisfied with the status quo, Martin will be able to recruit to quality facilities at Missouri.

Washington fired head coach Lorenzo Romar on Wednesday. His sisters Bri and Sierra Porter play for the Mizzou women's basketball team.

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