Despite various reports, Kansas State Wildcats head coach Frank Martin has not accepted the head coaching vacancy at South Carolina, as confirmed by ESPN. The five-year head coach of the Wildcats told ESPN’s Andy Katz that he would meet with South Carolina Gamecocks officials on Monday and will then decide whether or not he’ll accept the job.
Coach Martin has entertained job offers before, including last year when considering Miami (FL), and when given the chance to lay the rumors to rest, he didn’t exactly do that.
“I was scheduled to be at a press conference today (Saturday) in South Carolina and I was sitting here watching a show in New York City last night (Friday),” Martin said on CBS’ NCAA Tournament coverage over the weekend. “And obviously I’m sitting here with you guys today. So it’s the stuff that gets out these days. I look at it as a compliment that we’re doing our job the right way at Kansas State that these sort of things get out.”
So, the reports that are claiming the deal is done, appear to be inaccurate at this point.
Since 2007, Martin has paced the sidelines for the Wildcats. He’s led Kansas State to a 117-54 record in his five years as head coach, including three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, and an Elite Eight berth in 2010. There have been reports that Kansas State athletic director John Currie and Martin have not seen eye to eye on a number of issues, and the recent suspension of Jamar Samuels possibly being a final straw for Martin.
Martin is returning one of his best rosters, which includes the additions a top-50 recruit in 7-foot center Robert Upshaw, and 6-10 center Laimonas Chatkevicius. Seniors-to-be Rodney McGruder and Jordan Henriquez are returning along with Will Spradling and Angel Rodriguez. South Carolina is coming off a 10-21 season where they were dead last in the SEC at 2-14. The Gamecocks haven’t had a winning season since 2008-09 and haven’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1999.