For the first time since leaving Rocky Top for the University of California, Cuonzo Martin spoke on Knoxville talk radio Thursday morning. He was on News Talk 98.7 with Hallerin Hilton Hill.
Cuonzo said the petition to bring back Bruce Pearl had nothing to do with his departure.
He was also asked about his UT players.
"Tennessee's a great place for you guys. You have to represent this university; you need to stick together. They need to make sure the incoming recruits stay with them. That's the thing I told those guys because we're family and that's what we teach," he said.