Frank Martin has been coaching Kansas State’s basketball team for five seasons now, but now it looks like it’s time for the coach to move on–and he’ll apparently be moving on to South Carolina to replace Darrin Horn.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Associated Press reports that Martin agreed to coach the South Carolina Gamecocks on Monday. Another report from ESPN, which also said that Martin confirmed the move in a text, said that the talks began when Martin met with South Carolina officials on Saturday.
“The source said Martin was intrigued by joining an athletic department that has a national champion baseball team, Steve Spurrier coaching football and Dawn Staley as coach of the women’s team. Martin also is interested in working for athletic director Eric Hyman and wants the challenge of getting the Gamecocks to the top of the SEC.”
Details about Martin’s deal with the Gamecocks are uncertain at this point, but reports say that South Carolina was planning to offer Martin a $2.05 million-a-year deal, which is a considerable bump from the $1.45 million he was getting in Kansas.
Martin will be taking over for Horn, who was fired earlier this month after four seasons of poor performance with the Gamecocks–all but one season under Horn were losing seasons. Martin’s 117-54 record as a head coach will, the Gamecocks hope, put the team in a better position next season.
Do you think Frank Martin will be a good fit as the head coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks?