4.16.14 Sports Cuonzo Martin
Gage Arnold • The Daily Beacon

Former Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin watches on in the Vols' 73-71 loss to the Michigan Wolverines in the Sweet 16 in Indianpolis' Lucas Oil Stadium. Athletic Director Dave Hart announced Tuesday that Martin was leaving UT to take the vacant coaching job at the University of California.

Cuonzo Martin leaves Tennessee to take job at California

Tennessee men's basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin has left Knoxville after three seasons to take the same position at the University of California.

UT Athletic Director Dave Hart announced the news in a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

"We had a great run through the (NCAA) tournament," Hart said, "and I want to again recognize the job Cuonzo Martin did as our head basketball coach and that his staff did in making the contributions in order for us to end with a very memorable basketball season.

"I know I, and everybody connected in our athletics department and university, wish him nothing but success at Cal."

Hart met with the Tennessee players around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to inform them of the news. Martin was not in attendance.

Martin met with Marquette officials regarding its then-vacant head coaching job days after the Vols were bounced from the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 on March 28. But on April 1, joint statements from Hart and Martin announced he would remain to coach the Vols in 2014-15 with a contract extension coming.