Frank Martin: Kansas State Coach Reportedly Headed to South Carolina

Mick AkersAnalyst IMarch 26, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15:  Head coach Frank Martin of the Kansas State Wildcats reacts against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The very animated Frank Martin is reportedly leaving the Kansas State Wildcats basketball program and taking his head coaching talents to the South Carolina Gamecocks, according to Kellis Robinett of The Wichita Eagle.

Known for not holding back his emotions or words, Martin will tell the media and his team how it is, with no sugarcoating.

Martin has had great success in his five years at the helm of Kansas State, taking the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament the past three seasons and amassing a record of 117-54.

Kansas State was fifth in the Big 12 this season and was bounced in the Round of 32 by Syracuse, with one of their best players, Jamar Samuels, being declared ineligible shortly before the game.

One might first think that money is the main motivation; as I stated before, Martin has had success at K-State and would be heading to a struggling South Carolina team that went 10-21 this past season.

However, according to Robert Cassidy of, Martin has had issues with Kansas State's director of athletics, John Currie.

Their relationship has apparently been strained over the years, and with Martin reportedly taking the South Carolina job, it has been damaged beyond repair.

In his article, Cassidy calls Martin the "Michael Jordan of grudge holding" and mentions that if Martin does indeed leave the Wildcats program, he is not likely to go quietly.

Cassidy himself mentions how his relationship with Martin isn't all that great, but they find a way to make it work in the interview room and warns Currie to do the same.

Cassidy said in his article:

If he (Currie) doesn't (find a way to make it work), word on Martin's distaste for Currie and the Wildcat administration will spread in basketball circles like news of the previous night's escapades in a fraternity house. Details will emerge. Dirty laundry will be tossed everywhere. That's the larger danger, and Currie better realize it.

If this is the case, expect a war of words to ignite in the coming days if in fact Martin bids K-State farewell and takes his intense coaching style to South Carolina.