Martin, 'I'm a man of my word'

In his first year as USC's receivers coach, Tee Martin saw the first ever Trojan win the Biletnikoff Award and pile up offensive numbers never seen before. Martin says he wants to stay at USC despite being offered a position on the staff of his alma mater, Tennessee.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- "At the end of the day, I'm a man of my word," USC receivers coach Tee Martin said in a released statement.

Indeed, he is.

The Trojans' first-year receivers coach became a hot target at the conclusion of the regular season, most heavily pursued by his alma mater Tennessee and its new head coach Butch Jones.

"I was very honored to be offered a position on Coach Jones' Tennessee staff," Martin said. "My decision to remain at USC was the toughest I have ever had to make because Tennessee is such a special place to me."

Martin is equally special to the Vols, so special in fact that there is a street outside the stadium named "Tee Martin Drive."

He led the Vols to an undefeated season and ultimately a National Championship in 1998.

"I promised Coach [Lane] Kiffin when I was hired at USC that I had goals I wanted to accomplish here," he said. "We still have work to do here to reach those goals."

Martin's decision to stay doesn't mean he's shut the door on the possibility of one day leaving for Knoxville, but it clearly won't be in the near future.

Not only does Martin play a large role as the receivers coach, he also is one of the top recruiters on staff, in charge of the south and receivers.

He was the main recruiter for 2013 verbal commit Jalen Ramsey. He also contributed to the commitments of Sebastian LaRue and Steven Mitchell.

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