Report: Marquette targeting Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin for coaching vacancy

Saturday March 29th, 2014

Cuonzo Martin (Sam Riche/Getty Images) Cuonzo Martin is 63-41 in three seasons with the Volunteers. (Sam Riche/Getty Images)

What a difference a run in the NCAA tournament will do for a coach.

Cuonzo Martin, whose job as Tennessee head coach was believed to be in jeopardy only a few weeks ago, is said to be a "top target" for Marquette's head coaching vacancy, according to's Jeff Goodman.

Former UCLA coach Ben Howland is also reportedly in the mix, and he is "extremely interested in the job," Goodman reports.

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Martin's 11th-seeded Volunteers won three games in the NCAA tournament before falling to No. 2 Michigan in the Sweet 16 on Friday night. They finished 24-13.

The 42-year-old has a career record of 124-82 (.602) in six seasons as a head coach, three at Missouri State and three with Tennessee.

Howland took UCLA to three straight Final Fours from 2006-08 but was fired after last season.

VCU coach Shaka Smart has already turned Marquette down.

After six seasons with the Golden Eagles, Buzz Williams unexpectedly left for Virginia Tech last week.

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