From Rumor to Reality: Frank Martin to Leave for South Carolina

26 Mar

According to ESPN, Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin confirmed in a text message Monday evening that he accepted the head coaching job at South Carolina.

In Manhattan, media members will meet with athletic director John Currie and university president Kirk Schulz at 10 a.m. on Tuesday to discuss the future of the Kansas State basketball program.

ESPN reporter Andy Katz said Martin’s salary will increase from around $1.4 million to $2.05 million with his move from the Wildcats to the Gamecocks.

Many Kansas State fans blame Martin’s departure on his reportedly strained relationship with the exceedingly detail-oriented Currie. Common belief is that the final straw was Currie’s decision to bench senior Jamar Samuels for the Wildcats’ NCAA tournament game against 1-seed Syracuse. Samuels had reportedly accepted $200 from his former AAU coach Curtis Malone. Martin publicly said he had no part in the decision and that in his opinion Samuels did nothing wrong. 

Between that public dissent and Martin’s vague responses that essentially equated to non-denials of his interest in South Carolina, this news was not hard to see coming. 

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One Response to “From Rumor to Reality: Frank Martin to Leave for South Carolina”

  1. Herbie March 27, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Martin pulled an Urban Meyer.

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