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Raiders bring USC OC Tee Martin back for second interview, this time potentially as WR coach

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NCAA Football: Southern California Spring Practice Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

During the Jon Gruden introductory press conference, Reggie McKenzie was asked which coach or coaches were interviewed by the team to satisfy the Rooney Rule. Prior to that, we knew the team had interviewed their own tight ends coach Bobby Johnson, but the other interview was an undisclosed college coach. McKenzie revealed that to be USC Offensive Coordinator Tee Martin.

Wednesday, the day after that press conference, Martin returned to Oakland to interview again, this time to be on Jon Gruden’s coaching staff, according to Inside So Cal.

That position would presumably be for that of wide receivers coach; a position Martin has held in the college ranks the past 8 years, first at Kentucky (2010-11) and then at USC from 2012 to now. In 2016 Martin also took over as Offensive Coordinator for the Trojans.

Wide receivers coach is one of the last remaining offensive skill position coaches yet to be sorted out for Jon Gruden’s staff. He has reported hired both a running backs coach as well as retained the aforementioned Bobby Johnson as tight ends coach. Rich Gannon turned down the QB coach job and it’s uncertain if they’ll make a strong effort to bring anyone else into that role with both Gruden and Greg Olson having experience with coaching quarterbacks.

For what it’s worth, Tee Martin is a former college quarterback and spent a season as a QB coach at New Mexico State to begin his college coaching career.