Martin, Currie take high road with comments about alleged rift

27 Mar

Much has been made of the reportedly strained relationship between athletic director John Currie and the popular, successful and now former Kansas State coach Frank Martin.

Ask Currie and Martin, though, and the interaction between the two was fine. 

Currie characterized the relationship as a strong one. Martin said, “John was great.”

Something does not ring true between the many anonymous accounts in news articles and the rose-colored view presented by the individuals themselves.

Here is my guess: Currie and Martin did butt heads sometimes. They disagreed from time to time. They probably considered each other a pain in the you-know-what now and then. However, I would venture that they respected each other. For the intensity and scrutiny under which both those guys work, I can believe that it probably was a workable relationship.

Even if it was a stressful, difficult pairing, Currie and Martin are also smart business people. From both their perspectives, there is no benefit to confessing to a less-than-pleasant relationship and every reason to report that it was good.

Think about it: Martin just got a new job. First impressions are vital, and a good first impression certainly does not include delivering parting shots at one’s former employer. Similarly, Currie is trying to hire someone impressive enough to take over for the most popular and successful basketball coach Kansas State has ever had. Attention-worthy candidates will be more likely to consider a school whose athletic director is purported to be supportive rather than an obstacle to overcome.

The bottom line is that no good would have come from airing any grievances publicly.

Whether the relationship between Currie and Martin was good or bad, the good reviews they gave each other make complete business (and public relations) sense. 

Taking the high road: not only noble, but also economically sound.


4 Responses to “Martin, Currie take high road with comments about alleged rift”

  1. Herbie March 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    I’ve read your AP work over the last two years or so and have to say you have become my must-read sports writer when it comes to anything dealing with K-State sports.

    I refuse to read a vast majority of the K-State sports beat writers because I’ve found their objectivity is often tossed out the window in their work. It’s OK to be a homer and by all means do it on a personal blog, but homerism should be left out of the job.

    You effectively do that and then some. Major kudos, Ashley.

    Oh, and I’m a K-Stater for transparency purposes.

    • Ashley Dunkak March 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

      Well thank you so much! I have learned so much while writing for the AP. Dave Skretta (also a K-Stater) and Doug Tucker have given me invaluable feedback, which I so appreciate. I just love writing and I love sports, so this has been a dream job. Thanks again for all the kind words!

  2. Scott March 31, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Just stumbled on your blog…definitely a different perspective than some other beat writers. Will be checking in often.

    However, I was surprised that you label Frank as the most popular and successful coach K-State has ever had. I think the “most successful” coach label has to be Tex Winter–261 wins, 68.9 Winning Percentage, 8 league titles, 2 Final Four Appearances, 6 trips to the NCAA tournament. Thoughts?

    • Ashley Dunkak March 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

      Hey Scott, glad you liked the blog enough to want to check back!

      As far as labeling Frank Martin as the most successful coach K-State has had, I definitely hear what you are saying about Tex Winter. I know he is a legend here. I was talking about Frank in the context of the recent past. As a Kansas State student, that is the time frame I’m thinking of.

      Again, appreciate your thoughts. Enjoy today’s basketball games!

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