Martin missed the tournament his first two years. After the second loss to Texas A&M he was 16-11 and seemed destined for a third straight NIT. It was generally accepted that this team was vastly underachieving. The criticism that he received was warranted and all signs pointed to him losing his job. The petition expressly stated that it was not advocating the firing of Martin, but the rehiring of Pearl when/if the job became available (which seemed inevitable). To his credit, the team finished strong, made the tournament (barely) and beat Iowa, UMass, and Mercer. Martin got deserved credit for this and a raise. His three-year run can be described as slightly above average. He wasn't fired, he left. He's a good man and everyone wishes him success. But Tennessee didn't lose a great coach or even a very good one. The next hire may or may not be better, but I bet it won't be worse.