Report: South Carolina to hire K-State’s Martin
It seems Frank Martin’s days at Kansas State are over.
The coach will be named South Carolina’s coach as early as Tuesday, The State
newspaper of Columbia, SC, reported Monday. People familiar also with the
decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Martin has agreed to become
the school’s next men’s basketball coach.
Martin led the eighth-seeded Wildcats to the round of 32 in the NCAA
tournament, where they lost to top-seeded Syracuse on March 17 to end the
season 22-11. It marked the third consecutive trip for Kansas State to the NCAA
tournament under Martin, who replaced Bob Huggins before the 2007-08 season.
In all, Kansas State has made four NCAA tournament appearances in five seasons
under Martin and has won at least 21 games each year under his leadership.
The State reported the university’s board of trustees has called a meeting for
Tuesday to discuss a contractual matter. A CBS report claims Martin will
receive $12 million over six years.
South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman fired former coach Darrin Horn on
March 13. The Gamecocks finished 10-21 this season and were last in the
Southeastern Conference at 2-14, their worst mark in two decades in the league.
Horn was 60-63 overall in four seasons at the school.
South Carolina has not made the NCAA tournament since 2004.
Before this weekend, Martin denied having contact with any other school.