LOS ANGELES — Tee Martin, the quarterback for Tennessee’s 1998 national championship team who then played in the NFL and has spent the past six years coaching, has been named wide receivers coach at USC, Trojan head coach Lane Kiffin announced Thursday.
“We are extremely fortunate to make Tee Martin the final addition to our coaching staff,” said Kiffin. “Not only does he bring instant credibility as a national championship quarterback, but he has grown into a nationally-recognized coach and recruiter. We look forward to him taking our record-breaking receivers to an even higher level.”
Martin, 33, spent the past two years (2010-11) as the wide receivers coach at Kentucky. He also served as the passing game coordinator in 2011. In 2010, Wildcat wide receiver Randall Cobb was an All-American first teamer and NFL second round selection, while wide receiver Chris Matthews tied for the Southeastern Conference lead in touchdown catches. Kentucky played in the BBVA Compass Bowl that season.
Martin began his coaching career as the passing game coordinator at Morehouse College in 2006, when the Maroon Tigers had the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s top-ranked rushing, passing and total offense.
He then was the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Cobb High in Kennesaw (Ga.) in 2007, helping the Warriors to a 10-1 record in the Class AAAAA ranks, and the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Atlanta (Ga.) High in 2008.
He spent 2009 as the quarterbacks coach at New Mexico.
Martin also was a coach for the Elite 11 Quarterback Camps (2007-08), Nike football training camps (2007-08) and the Nike Combine Tour (2008). He has mentored and evaluated more than 1,000 quarterbacks, including more than 30 Division I signees. He also created the “Dual Threat” Quarterback Camp and Academy in Atlanta in 2008.
In 2007 and 2008, he also was a college football analyst for the Comcast Sports Southeast’s twice-weekly show, “Talking Football,” and he did a weekly radio show about college football, “Hot Tee and Touchdowns,” on the ESPN affiliate in Atlanta, 680 AM The Fan.
After prepping at Williamson High in Mobile (Ala.), he was a four-year (1996-99) letterman at Tennessee. After serving as Peyton Manning’s backup his first two years, he led the Volunteers to a 13-0 record in 1998, capped by the national championship following a Fiesta Bowl win over Florida State. He led Tennessee to another trip to the Fiesta Bowl in 1999 and was named All-SEC first team. He set NCAA game (since-tied 23 versus South Carolina) and season (since-broken 24) records for consecutive completions in 1998.
He was selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, beginning a six-year pro career. After two seasons (2000-01) with the Steelers (Pittsburgh won the 2001 AFC Central Division title), he went to NFL Europe in 2002, when he led the Rhein Fire to a league-best 7-3 record and a berth in the World Bowl. He returned to the NFL with the Oakland Raiders in 2003, then moved to the Canadian Football League and spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Martin, whose real first name is Tamaurice, was born on July 25, 1978. He and his wife, Toya, have a son, Kaden, 7, and 12-year-old twins, daughter A’Yadra and son Amari. His wife is a recording artist with hit singles “I Do!” (2001) and “No Matta What (Party All Night)” (2002).