There's a madness coming to Columbia, South Carolina.
It's name is Frank Martin.
Sources have indicated that a deal has been agreed upon, in principle, to bring Kansas State head coach Frank Martin to Columbia to become the new South Carolina men's basketball coach.
The university has called a special Board of Trustees meeting for 10 a.m. on Tuesday to discuss a "contractual matter." The timing of this press conference and today's breaking news all but confirms that South Carolina has hired Martin as it's next basketball coach.
This has to be considered a home-run hire for Eric Hyman. Darrin Horn was Hyman's man to begin with back in 2008 but he realized this program needed to go in another direction and greatly improved its stature with the hiring of Frank Martin. Martin has been the head coach at KSU for the past five seasons where he has amassed a record of 117-54 and led the Wildcats to five straight postseason appearances, including four appearances in the NCAA Tournament. This was Martin's only head coaching position in college basketball before becoming the Gamecocks' next head coach. He has served time as an assistant at KSU, Cincinnati and Northeastern.
Martin is a man that will bring the intensity and fire back to this program. He's known for his animated outbursts on the sidelines and is a very outspoken individual. He will tell you like it is and won't hold back. This may rub people the wrong way but there's a certain football coach at USC that is kind of the same way. He's a winner at the major college level posting five 20-win seasons at Kansas State. He seems to get the most out of his players on a day-to-day basis.
South Carolina was expected to pay market value for Martin and his current salary, with incentives, is $1.5 million a season at Kansas State. Martin should get a salary close to or slightly over $2.0 million a season if I had to guess. He's definitely worth it though and his experiences and energy should renew the fan-base for the future.
Gamecock basketball is in the hands of a great coach. South Carolina and Eric Hyman went about this the right way and, in the end, came away with the man that should be respect back to this program.
If you aren't excited yet...you should be.
-Plus he already has experience with Sandstorm! Check the video at the 1:15 mark.