Cuonzo Martin steps down at Cal, apparently headed to Mizzou

Trevor Jackson
March 17, 2017

Martin did address those rumors in the past week, saying he was the coach at Cal. The Bears lost at home to Cal State Bakersfield in the NIT on Tuesday.

In his three seasons at Cal, Martin amassed a 62-39 overall record, and 29-25 record in the Pac-12. Three players from that team have played in the National Basketball Association.

He took over a Tennessee program under NCAA investigation in 2011 and went on to average 21 wins per season.

In the end, Martin gets the chance to move back home to the Midwest, and Missouri gets the head coach it wanted with a significant commitment in years and dollars. Martin spent the last three seasons as head coach at California.

The school Wednesday afternoon named Cuonzo Martin the school's 19th head coach.

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Last season, Cal went a flawless 18-0 at home and tied for third in the Pac-12 with a 23-11 overall record and 12-6 record in conference.

In his three seasons at Tennessee, Martin went 63-41 and won the third most conference games as a head coach (the two coaches ahead of him were Kentucky's John Calipari and Florida's Billy Donovan).

The hiring of East St. Louis native Cuonzo Martin signals what Athletic Director Jim Sterk hopes is a new era of Mizzou basketball. The offer was first reported by ESPN on Wednesday morning and subsequent details have emerged from various outlets throughout the day. But, at times, he struggled to escape the shadow of former coach Bruce Pearl, who led the Vols to NCAA appearances in each of his six years on the job.

Goodman reports that Martin and Missouri are finalizing a 7-year contract. He is a tirelessly recruiter that should attract high quality talent to Mizzou.

Martin would bring a 186-121 coaching record into the job with the Tigers, a job which became available when Missouri asked Kim Anderson to step down in early March.

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