NCAA Basketball

Frank Martin: South Carolina Coach Wants Passion “Like Pitbull During a Performance”

In late March, Frank Martin surprised many by leaving his position as head coach at Kansas State to pursue the same job at South Carolina.

Known for his fiery and competitive demeanor, Martin wrapped up five successful seasons at K-State this past year, ending with an overall mark of 117-54.

Now at South Carolina, Martin will indeed instill the same type of attitude he is so well-known for.

As for the Gamecocks, well they need it. USC finished the season at 10-21 last year, mustering only two conferences wins in the SEC. South Carolina has qualified for one NCAA Tournament since 1998, that coming in 2004.

With the July live period coming to a close this past weekend, Martin will now likely take some time to recover from the brutal summer schedule that college coaches have become accustomed to.

Then again, maybe not.

Martin tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that he was planning on heading to Atlanta that night to see Pitbull in concert.

The South Carolina head coach said: “On my way 2 Atlanta 2 c the best performer that’s our there @Pitbull.I want our players 2 play w the same passion w/which he performs.”

Well no doubt, that’s one way to usher in a new era, and for those know and/or have seen Pitbull in concert, they can relate to the point that Martin is making in his tweet.

During his time at Kansas State, Martin had little trouble getting his players to play hard. Four NCAA Tournament appearances and one Elite 8 run later, the new head man at South Carolina is hoping to achieve similar success.

Bruce Ellington is back for the Gamecocks, but the rebuilding effort in Columbia will take some time. If Martin can duplicate the success he had at K-State, then South Carolina is certainly en-route to a bright future.

Maybe even a future that is as successful as Pitbull has recently become.


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