March 26th, 2012 09:00 PM║ Posted By: Josh Ward ║ Permalink
Tags: ESPN, John Currie, Kansas State, South Carolina
Frank Martin has confirmed to ESPN that he will leave Kansas State to become South Carolina’s basketball coach.
Martin told ESPN his communication with South Carolina officials began on Saturday. He agreed to become South Carolina’s coach after meeting with school officials on Monday.
South Carolina is reviewing a potential $2.05 million offer to hire Martin, according to ESPN. His contract at Kansas State paid him $1.45 million annually.
Martin arrives at South Carolina after compiling a 117-54 record in five seasons as Kansas State’s coach. He helped Kansas State reach the NCAA tournament four times and won at least one game in each appearance.
That success makes it even more surprising that Kansas State athletic director John Currie made minimal effort to keep Martin from leaving, according to multiple reports. That’s why Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com predicts a return to mediocrity for Kansas State.
And South Carolina fans will be more than happy to welcome a proven coach to Columbia.
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