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USC Announces Martin As Cocks’ New Hoops Coach

South Carolina AD Eric Hyman started today’s presser by saying that his school is determined to have a top-flight basketball program.  He compared his hoops goals to those that were once set for the football program… goals that Steve Spurrier has met.

And then he confirmed what everyone already knew — Frank Martin is leaving Kansas State for Carolina.

Hyman said a major plus for Martin during the search was his ability to recruit nationally, something that will be necessary in the Palmetto State.  He also said that he talked to everyone from players to coaches to the NCAA to shoe company reps during his search process.

Yes, it took a nasty breakup for Martin to split from KSU, but Hyman — on paper — has hit a home run with this hire.  He managed to bring in a coach with a successful track record from a big-time basketball state. 

Martin — during his portion of the presser — credited former USC coach and friend Eddie Fogler for helping his career.  He also thanked numerous players and coaches who helped him get to this point in his career.

He also addressed the comments he made on CBS this weekend in which he said he sent money to former players at different schools.  “I’ve never paid a player in my life.”  That’s a little different than the quotes we showed you yesterday, but, hey, it’s an opening presser.  Martin said USC will do things the right way on his watch.  “Surprises will never happen and rules will always be respected.”

It’s hard to flunk an introductory presser and Martin didn’t.  “Our guys will be known as the hardest playing team in America.”  With comments like that, he aced it.

Any way you cut it, South Carolina basketball appears a lot healthier today than it’s been in a long, long while.

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Golfer Hunter Stewart signs with Vandy

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Content provided by Jerry Tipton on UK basketball.

Hunter Stewart of Lexington Christian Academy signed a golf scholarship with Vanderbilt on Wednesday. So did Ben Fogler, the son of former Vanderbilt basketball coach Eddie Fogler.

Stewart, who was Kentucky’s “Mr. Golf” in 2010, was named by the Kentucky High School Coaches Association as their Most Outstanding Senior in 2010. He was also a member of the KHSAA All-State team in 2010.

As a junior, Stewart finished fourth at the 2009 Bubba Conlee, second at the 2009 Kentucky Junior, and third at the 2010 Kentucky State Junior. He also qualified for the 2010 US Open Sectional by placing fourth in the local qualifier.

Stewart was also an Academic All-State first team selection in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

“Hunter is a terrific young man who has really become a great player in the last year,” Vandy Coach Tom Shaw said in a news release. “He dominated the Kentucky golf scene with record scores and also played well nationally, with some great finishes across the South . Off the course, his leadership skills and outstanding character will serve our team well.”

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