It has been an eventful past few weeks for Trojan wide receiver coach Tee Martin as he saw his good friend and a mentor, Ed Orgeron, leave the Trojan family and then had to patiently sit back and wait to see if he was in the plans of new head coach Steve Sarkisian.
“All I can say is it feels great to still be a part of the Trojan family,” Martin said. “I knew it was a process and I just stayed patient with it, kept doing my job and waited to talk with Sark and see what was going on. He interviewed me today and we actually talked a couple of times.
“As soon as he said, ‘so are you in, do you want to be a part of the staff,’ I just smiled and said heck yeh I do. It’s the first time I’ve ever accepted a job without talking to my wife first but I knew she would be on board. She loves it out here and I can’t wait to get started.”
Martin said he already had a previous relationship with Sarksian and the two had kept in touch over the years.
“He was my quarterback coach when I played with the Raiders,” Martin said. “We maintained a friendship over the years and I have great respect for him as a coach and a person. He’s a great offensive mind and I can’t wait to coach with him and learn from him.
“We have so much potential here, we’re going to turn this thing around really quickly. At the end of the year, we only had 45 scholarship players, that’s going to change. Next year, when we can go out and start recruiting a full class and get the best of the best at every position, it’s going to be incredible what we can do.
“I know we’re building a great staff and our future is very bright. It has been an emotional time and most of our current staff has spent the last few days just trying to be there for our kids. Sark has been very respectful of that. He could have said, ‘get your butt out there and recruit,’ but he knows we have some players that are hurting and wants us to be with them and make sure they’re doing all right and I really respect that about him.”
Martin finished out the year coaching the quarterbacks at USC but will go back and coach receivers next year.
“We have a great group coming back and our offense is going to be dynamic,” Martin said. “We have talent all over the place. I like our young quarterbacks, we have some great young running backs and receivers and I like our returning offensive linemen a lot.
“We still need to sit down as a staff of course and go over what our plans are going to be recruiting wise and what kind of system we plan to run but I know this, we’re going to have talent here. USC is an incredible job, there’s not another school in the country I would want to be at other than right here.”
Martin shot down a rumor that was spreading over the web that he was in talks with UCLA about joining their staff.
“I never talked to anyone over there,” Martin said. “I know Jim Mora a little because our sons play in the same youth league but I never talked with UCLA or any other school for that matter.
“USC is my home, this is where I want to be and I’m very excited about this opportunity Sark has given me. We’re going to do some very big things here and like I said, I’m just excited about our future and about the opportunity I have to be a part of it.”