A fellow Purdue alum turned coaching rival of Cuonzo Martin came out swinging for the Tennessee men’s basketball coach on Thursday. Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings referred to those who want Martin fired as … idiots.
“For people to speculate on his job is absurd,” Stallings told reporters. “He’s in his third year, and that’s ridiculous.”
“He (Martin) is doing a good job with their team,” he said. “Like I said, they’re getting ready to make the NCAA tournament. It takes some time when you go in there and you have to change some things, change the way things are done. I think it’s absolutely a joke that people would speculate or comment on his job status. It used to be, in this business, that guys got four or five years to show what they can do. The only thing that’s changed is people thinking they ought to have more of a say in that, and then weak athletic administrations giving into that kind of pressure. Hopefully the people and the powers and be over at Tennessee will tune those idiots out and give the guy the kind of time he deserves to do the job he needs to do.”
UT (17-11, 8-7 SEC) hosts Vanderbilt (15-12, 7-8) at noon on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Commodores beat the Vols 64-60 earlier this season. Below is the video of Stallings’ comments, released by Vanderbilt. The Martin question comes at 5:11.