During the wild ups and downs of the Tennessee coaching search, one name that continued to circulate as a curious omission from the list of candidates was USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin. Martin was interested in the possibility of taking over at his alma mater as head coach, but told reporters earlier this month that he was not interested in joining another coach's staff as an offensive coordinator. "It was a situation where if I was going to go back to Tennessee, it was to be as the head coach, not as coordinator," Martin explained after a bowl practice, according to Scott Schrader of TrojanInsider.com. "I made that message very clear. So I was out of that discussion, so they moved on to do what they had to do." Martin apparently was questioned again at media day for the Cotton Bowl, with Ohio State beat writer Bill Rabinowitz reporting that the former Vols' quarterback was "disappointed" not to get an interview for the head coaching job. "Whether it's fair or not, that's debatable," Martin said. "For me, it's all about timing and the right timing and the places." Additionally, he voiced support for Greg Schiano, the coach that Tennessee had all-but-signed until an overwhelmingly negative reaction from the fan base led then-athletic director John Currie to back out after a signed memorandum of understanding.