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Cuonzo's Future at UT - 03/31/14

Marquette is reportedly coming after Tennessee's basketball coach, Cuonzo Martin. Should Vols fans be overly worried that Martin will leave?  I say no.

Sure, Martin just led the Vols into the Sweet 16 but UT's inconsistent play earlier in the season did warrant criticism. To be fair, Martin does have every reason to be upset about the ridiculous on-line petition that over 35,000 Vols fans signed, hoping to bring  Bruce Pearl back to head the program. The Big Orange fans got way ahead of themselves in that process, and likely contributed to sending Martin on to a new school.

But would finding a new head coach be that bad? Outside of the NCAA tournament run of the last few weeks, Martin's three year tenure (63-41 record, 32-20 in SEC play) has been adequate but not overly impressive.  His recruiting has also been decent, but not spectacular. Beginning tomorrow, Martin's buyout drops to 1.3 million, giving Tennessee a little extra cash to find a new coach. And UT will likely lose four starters heading into next season, so with a new head coach, expectations for rebuilding in 2014-2015 would be low.

If Martin does stay, UT is likely to suffer a big drop-off and be right back in the same situation next season. The best case scenario for Tennessee might be Martin leaving for Marquette, and the Vols taking a chance on bringing a new man in to lead the Tennessee program.

 

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POT IN DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pot is still legal in the nation's capital -- but not in private clubs. The Washington D.C. Council has passed emergency legislation to ban weed in clubs. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the council agreed that the bill was needed to clarify the new legalization law. Pot became legal in Washington last week, following a voter-passed initiative in November. But pot use is only legal for adults in their homes. Public use and selling marijuana are still legal no-no's. The council action adds private clubs to the list of locations where it remains illegal to fire up a joint.

TEXAS-MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A tea party-backed Texas lawmaker wants to make pot legal in the Lone Star State. Republican state Representative David Simpson says it's time to "reframe" the marijuana discussion. Simpson says his devout Christian beliefs are behind his call for legal pot. Simpson says -- quote -- "God did not make a mistake when he made marijuana that the government needs to fix."

PET WALKER-MISSING DOG

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a sweet reward for the return of Sugar. A New York dog owner is offering ten-grand for Sugar, his 63-pound pit bull mix. Morgan Bogle was away on business February 23, when a neighbor called to say the dog walker was acting strangely and Sugar was nowhere in sight. Now, there's a "find Sugar" movement on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites. Supporters have plastered posters around Bogle's East Village neighborhood and beyond. A friend of the owner says the missing Sugar is sweet, loving and cuddly.

BIRTHDAY BREAKFAST REFUND

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- It's a restaurant breakfast for seven cents. But Joseph Nelson didn't have to pay, he got seven cents from the Belmont Hall and Restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire. The eatery has a policy of giving birthday discounts, a percentage taken off the bill based on age. Nelson celebrated his 101st birthday there Monday. At that age, the restaurant owed him money. Nelson had scrambled eggs and ham, topped off with a piece of chocolate cake. He tells WMUR-TV he never thought he'd live this long.

 
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