First year coach Cuonzo Martin is finishing the year strong in Knoxville taking over a tough situation from popular, but NCAA rule challenged Bruce Pearl.
Pearl, who took UT to six straight NCAA Tournaments and won at least one game in five of those, was gushing about Martin's performance this season.
Bruce Pearl: "I would not have done as good a job with these guys this year as Cuonzo Martin has done. I really believe that."— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) March 4, 2012
Pretty kind words from a guy who was arguably Tennessee's best basketball coach in history.
No word if Derek Dooley has responded yet with a "I beat Vanderbilt too!"
(Georgia Tech fans may remember Cuonzo Martin interviewed for the Georgia Tech job last Spring, but both parties decided to go in a different direction)
h/t: Rocky Top Talk