KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart believes the criticism former men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin encountered this season won't hinder the Volunteers' search for a successor.
Martin led Tennessee to an NCAA regional semifinal during a season in which disgruntled fans circulated a petition calling for the return of former coach Bruce Pearl, now at Auburn. Martin left Tuesday to take over California's program. Hart acknowledged Martin faced plenty of "distractions" this season.
"I think this is an extremely attractive job," Hart said. "We have history. We have tradition. We have one of the finest venues in the country to play college basketball. No, I'm not concerned about that."