(WBIR) Will Cuonzo Martin leave the University of Tennessee soon? It's a possibility, reports Andy Katz with ESPN.com.
Multiple sources told ESPN.com that Marquette officials met with Martin Sunday.
Sources said discussions are underway between Martin and Marquette, but Tennessee could still keep Martin if officials offer him more money, according to ESPN.com. A buyout would currently cost Martin $2.6 million, but as of Tuesday, the cost would be cut in half to $1.3 million.
Marquette is searching for a replacement for Buzz Williams, who left after six seasons to coach at Virginia Tech. Former UCLA coach Ben Howland and current Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski are also contenders for the head coaching spot with the Golden Eagles, according to Katz.
Martin led Tennessee to a 24-13 record this season, 11-7 in the SEC. UT fell to Michigan in the Sweet 16, but put up quite a fight losing by only two points, 73-71. Earlier in the NCAA tournament, Tennessee defeated Iowa in the First Four in Dayton, and then UMass and Mercer in rounds 64 and 32 last week.
After replacing Bruce Pearl, Martin took the Vols to the NIT during his first two seasons in Knoxville. Martin played at Purdue and was a head coach at Missouri State before landing a job at Tennessee.
Contributing: Andy Katz, ESPN.com