Kansas State Wildcats head coach Frank Martin has accepted an offer for the same position at South Carolina, sources have confirmed. According to a tweet by CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman, the Gamecocks will have a news conference tomorrow (March 26th) at 10 AM to introduce Martin as their new head man. Goodman also noted that Martin has agreed to a 6-year deal worth 12 million dollars.
This is the second time in the past six years that the Wildcats are left looking for a new head coach. Before coach Martin was hired, Bob Huggins departed from Kansas State after one season to accept the same position at West Virginia. Martin, who was an assistant under Huggins, now follows in his shoes.
Martin spent five years in Manhattan as head coach and guided the Wildcats to four NCAA Tournaments, an Elite Eight berth, and an overall record of 117-54. Martin replaces Darrin Horn, who went 10-21 (2-14) as the head coach of the Gamecocks last season.
The Wildcats are left looking for a new coach with few big names available. Ohio’s John Groce may be an option, but recent reports have linked him to the opening at Illinois. Another possibility is Bruce Pearl, who has ties to Kansas State athletic director John Currie, from their time working together at Tennessee. Stay tuned for updates on other possibilities as Kansas State now finds itself looking for a new person to lead the Wildcats.