Tennessee athletic director John Currie has reportedly already reached out to USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin and Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm following the botched attempt at hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano as the Vols’ head coach on Sunday, according to Tennessee insider John Brice of Gridiron Now.
“A source with first-hand knowledge said Tennessee has contacted Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, as well as Southern Cal offensive coordinator Tee Martin. Brohm, per sources at Purdue, mostly operates without an agent while Martin is represented by Jimmy Sexton.”
Martin, who led the Vols to a BCS Championship in 1998 as the starting quarterback, has quickly risen up the ranks as a young assistant with a bright head coaching future.
The former quarterback has worked as USC’s coordinator during the past two seasons and was rumored to have gained interest from other schools as a potential head coaching candidate.
Sports Illustrated‘s Bruce Feldman also reported that the Vols were interested in bringing back the former quarterback as their head coach.
Brohm holds a 36-16 overall record as a head coach. He went 30-10 (19-5) during three seasons at Western Kentucky, leading the Hilltoppers to three consecutive bowl game appearances and two consecutive first-place finishes in the Conference USA standings before taking over at Purdue this offseason.
Currie has earned criticism among Vol fans for his attempt to hire Schiano, which was protested both on social media and on UT’s campus.
The former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach had previously worked as a defensive assistant at Penn State under former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of child molestation stemming from his tenure with the Nittany Lions in 2012.
According to a report, Schiano allegedly knew of Sandusky’s sexual abuse and turned a blind eye, according to testimony from former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary that was unsealed in 2016 by a Philadelphia court.
Schiano has denied the allegations in the past, having told ESPN’s Adam Schefter: “I never saw any abuse nor had reason to suspect any abuse during my time at Penn State.”