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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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