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Report: Martin To Carolina A Done Deal

According to the Twitter account of Kansas City Star reporter Kellis Robinett, Frank Martin to South Carolina is happening:


“Source close to Frank Martin just told me Martin has agreed in principle to become South Carolina’s coach.  Press conference tomorrow.”


And if it’s on Twitter, it’s gold, Jerry, gold.  In this case, it might actually be correct.  GamecockCentral.com also says the deal’s done (behind a paywall).  Ditto Columbia’s newspaper The State (also behind a blankin’ paywall).

Now granted it took Martin getting steamed at his Kansas State boss to make it happen.  And, no, Martin has never built a program, he’s just sustained one.  And, yes, he did just admit on national TV yesterday that he has sent money to players at other schools.

But this is a big splash hire for AD Eric Hyman.  South Carolina basketball now has credibility, something it’s lacked since the school grabbed Dave Odom from Wake Forest (and hopefully for Cock fans this one will turn out better than that hire did).

Make no mistake, Carolina just got serious about basketball.  Toss all those caveats and “yeah, buts” we mentioned earlier out the window.  The school’s AD just put a whole lot more fannies in his arena’s seats next season.

In the end, that’s what it’s all about for athletic directors.  And if Martin can bring Carolina the consistent success its so long lusted after, then the Colonial Life Arena should be packed for a good while to come.

Big hire.

(Sidenote — Last one outta the Big 12 please remember to turn off the lights.)

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Men’s Hoops Set To Host Clemson In Sunday Matinee

The South Carolina men’s basketball team (5-1) will entertain intrastate rival Clemson (5-2) on Sunday at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time is set for 4 p.m., with the game televised on Fox Sports.
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South Carolina vs. Delaware State Post-Game Notes

South Carolina defeated Delaware State 74-61 Wednesday night at Colonial Life Arena
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Men’s Hoops To Entertain Delaware State In Mid-Week Matchup

The South Carolina men’s basketball team (4-1) is set to host Delaware State (2-2) in non-conference action at Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday night. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
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Men’s Hoops Set To Host USC Upstate Tuesday

The South Carolina men’s basketball team (2-1) will host USC Upstate (0-5) in non-conference action at Colonial Life Arena on Tuesday evening. The contest will be streamed live on FoxSportsCarolinas.com at 7 p.m. and shown as a tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports Carolinas at 9 p.m.
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Gamecocks To Host Radford In Friday Night Matchup

The South Carolina men’s basketball team (1-1) will host Radford (2-0) in non-conference play at Colonial Life Arena on Friday evening. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.
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Gamecock Men’s Basketball To Entertain Elon In Season Opener Friday

The South Carolina men’s basketball team is set to host Elon in the season opener for both schools on Friday at Colonial Life Arena. The meeting is the second all-time between the two schools.
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Ticket Info for Basketball Doubleheader Friday

University of South Carolina will host a basketball doubleheader on Fri., Nov. 12, at Colonial Life Arena, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. matchup between the Gamecock women and No. 5/6 Xavier. The men’s game against Elon will follow at approximately 9 p.m.
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Gamecocks Defeat Kentucky Wesleyan in Exhibition, 71-58

Led by 23 points from freshman Bruce Ellington and a double-double by senior Sam Muldrow, South Carolina pulled away late in the second half to defeat Kentucky Wesleyan 71-58 in an exhibition game Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena.
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Gamecocks Entertain Kentucky Wesleyan In Lone Exhibition Thursday

Led by third-year head coach Darrin Horn, South Carolina will host Kentucky Wesleyan in exhibition action at Colonial Life Arena on Thursday. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. Admission is free, while parking is $5.
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