Mar 27, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Cuonzo Martin speaks at a press conference during practice for the midwest regional of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Why Cuonzo Martin Left The Vols

From CBS Sports

It’s early on the West Coast, so early that fog — or at least something that looks like fog — is covering the Golden Gate Bridge, and yet California’s players have already lifted weights and worked-out, and now I’m sitting off to the side of the court at Haas Pavilion with their coach, who surprised the college basketball world back in April when he, seemingly out of nowhere, left Tennessee and moved three time zones left.

I remember that day vividly.

It was April 15.

It was a Tuesday.

While most Americans were trying to get their taxes filed on time, I was chasing rumors about who would replace Mike Montgomery at Cal. The name popping around that morning belonged to Chris Mooney, the Richmond coach. But sources crossed him off the list quickly, and then, a few hours later, Cuonzo Martin was formally introduced in Berkeley.

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Coach Butch Jones said he was appreciative of the more than 900 fans who came to Tennessee’s 48th annual all-sports picnic Tuesday at Lipscomb’s Allen Arena.

The Vols football coach also had some words of encouragement.

“Their patience and loyalty will soon be rewarded,” Jones said of fans’ support despite last year’s 5-7 record. “We are going through a process together of the reality of building a college football program. We are going to build it right. The foundation will be etched in stone, or ‘brick by brick’ as we say.”

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From the Daily News Journal

Listening to Vanderbilt and Tennessee football coaches at SEC Media Days here earlier this week reminded of a Bruce Springsteen hit.

“The Boss” wrote and sang “Glory Days” and lamented that “they’ll pass you by in the wink of a young girl’s eye.”

For in-state SEC rivals Tennessee and Vanderbilt, the script has certainly flipped.

New Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason was talking about how to build on the best of times for Commodores football, while second-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones chatted about pulling the Volunteers from its worst stretch in more than a century.

Included in that nosedive of four-straight losing seasons and no bowl berths in the last three by Tennessee was consecutive losses to Vanderbilt for the first time since the 1920s. For Volunteers fans, that’s adding insult to injury.

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