On Thursday, approximately an hour after Marquette interim athletic director Bill Cords ended the most pointless press conference ever, ESPN's Jeff Goodman published a coaching carousel rumor article. Most of it was hidden behind a paywall, but this part wasn't:
There's also another mystery candidate, sources told ESPN, who is still playing in the NCAA tournament.
Of the 16 head coaches still active in the tournament at the time, the only one that made any kind of sense was Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin. Today, Goodman has confirmed that Marquette is targeting Martin as a top candidate. There's no confirmation that Martin actually was the mystery candidate, as Goodman could have been also referring to an assistant coach from one of the 16 teams. I don't know about you, but I don't have the time or the energy required to sift through 48 names to try to figure out if an assistant was a viable option.
Martin has a career record of 124-82 in six seasons as a Division 1 head coach. He's made just one NCAA tournament appearance, which would be the one that you just finished watching last night. As underwhelming as that sounds, he did win the 2010 CIT at Missouri State and made the NIT the next season with the Bears. Martin got the Volunteers to the NIT in his first two seasons in Knoxville after taking over the program when Bruce Pearl was fired as a result of NCAA violations.