A source close to New Mexico quarterbacks coach Tee Martin told the Daily Lobo late Wednesday night that Martin will accept the wide receivers coach opening at Kentucky.

The deal is reportedly worth about $40,000 more than Martin makes here, which puts his salary in the ballpark of $150,000. Martin makes roughly $110,000 at the University.

There was intense speculation by some Web sites that Martin’s departure to join new coach Joker Phillips’ staff was imminent.
In the end, Martin’s connections within the program helped land him the job, the source said.

Martin has a working relationship with Kentucky offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders. The two crossed paths at Tennessee, where Sanders was a longtime coach, and Martin a player from 1996-99.

In 1999, Sanders was promoted to be the Volunteers’ offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Coincidentally, his first game as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator coincided with the Volunteers playing in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl, in which Martin led Tennessee to a 23-16 victory, helping the Volunteers secure the national championship.