Surprise, surprise: Martin won’t be going to Miami

22 Apr

CBSSports.com reported that Jim Larranga, head coach at George Mason, will be replacing Frank Haith at the University of Miami. Now, finally, since the job appears to be filled, maybe everyone can let go of the notion that Frank Martin will leave K-State to go there.

I wrote a column for the K-State Collegian (read it here) with my reaction to Martin’s interview with the Associated Press, in which he said 1) he hadn’t been contacted by Miami, 2) part of the reason might be confusion about his salary, and 3) he would never say never, basically, in response to any job offer.

It’s been hard for people around here to hear the speculation about whether Martin would stay or go. Rumors started flying when the Miami job opened up, and chatter only continued to grow when he stayed silent.

When he finally talked with a reporter (Doug Tucker, a 42-year veteran of the AP who is retiring this year) for a comprehensive story, Martin did little to dispel the notion that he would be interested in coaching in his hometown again. In fact, his statement that the University of Miami might not have contacted him because it didn’t think it could afford him, and the way he went on to correct the notion that he really makes $1.1 million a year instead of the popularized number of $1.5 million a year seemed to send a message: “I’m available for less money than you think I am! If you ask me, you might have a chance of getting me.”

Sometimes sports fans take it personally when a coach leaves or acknowledges interest from other teams. Somehow there’s a feeling that it’s something against the school, the fans, the community, whatever. Really, though, it’s rarely about that. It’s about a coach as a person, doing what he feels is best for him and his family and their future. Obviously, fans want to be part of the future for a coach they admire, and for the most part, people really like Martin, so they want to see him stay at K-State and have success here.

I’m not one to try to predict what will happen in the future, so I’ll stick with what my mom always tells me: Focus on what you do have instead of what you don’t have.

As far as K-State basketball, here’s the breakdown: we don’t have a blanket promise from the popular, polarizing and personable coach that he’ll stay forever, but for now we do have him leading the men’s basketball program, which is being invested in to the tune of $50 million for a new basketball practice facility and which is under the direction of a very component young athletic director in John Currie. I’d say that’s a pretty good place to be.

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2 Responses to “Surprise, surprise: Martin won’t be going to Miami”

  1. Bob Houck April 22, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Ashley,

    Thanks for the info. I for one am pleased that Frank Martin is staying at K-State and believe he will withstand the test of time.

    Having lived in the DC area for many years, I’m very familiar with Jim Larranaga and the fine job he did at George Mason. Miami did very well for themselves.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Ashley Dunkak April 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

      Thanks, Bob, I appreciate it!

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