Frank Martin is as fiery of a head coach as they come for the South Carolina Gamecocks and he has been such his entire career — beginning with the Kansas State Wildcats. Well, on Wednesday evening, the Gamecocks took on the Florida Gators and Martin took on one of his own players in a timeout huddle.
Martin was caught by an ESPN camera mouthing some expletives and, if you are a pretty good lip reader, you can pretty much make out what he is saying. It looks like he is calling his own player an a-hole while using other curse words in an angry exchange freshman guard Duane Notice. Apparently, he really wanted Notice to answer the question.
As such a fiery person, Martin has been known to have on-court meltdowns with players and officials and this just looks like another day in the life of the coach.
South Carolina decided to suspend the second-year head coach for one game because of his profane exchange that earned some nation recognition for all the wrong reasons.
In my opinion, this isn’t as big of a deal as it seems. Coaches curse at their players all the time and it’s just a part of the game and the team dynamic. If you expect a coach to be G-rated and never swear when he’s with his players and instead act like a mascot, then you’re looking for a guy like Erik Spoelstra.
This has been blown out of proportion for two main reasons. One, Martin was caught on live television during a family-friendly broadcast. And two, he has been warned of this kind of behavior before and he has gotten many chances to improve his attitude.
In my book, though, this is a non-issue.
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