Kansas State Athletic Director John Currie says K-State has everything a coach needs to win. Currie held a news conference about the future of the Wildcat Men's Basketball program Tuesday morning.
The press conference came after former Wildcat head coach Frank Martin was named head coach at the University of South Carolina.
Currie says Martin told him on Friday that if the South Carolina job was offered to him, he would take it.
Currie says the search for a new head basketball coach is on right now. He says he won't comment on any potential candidates and that any reports without a statement from K-State aren't credible.
When Martin told Currie of the job offer from South Carolina, Currie asked if there was anything they could do to make him stay. Currie did not address a specific offer.
Martin's contract with South Carolina is reportedly a six-year deal worth more than $2 million a year on average.
Martin will lead a team that finished dead last in the Southeastern Conference last season. Martin advanced to the NCAA tournament four times in five years at Kansas State. His Wildcats reached the regional finals in 2010. His overall record as a head coach is 117-54, and he is 6-4 in the NCAA tourney.
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Monday March 16, 2012
Martin has signed a six-year, $12 million dollar deal to coach the Gamecocks. South Carolina fired Darrin Horn earlier this month.
Martin led Kansas State to the NCAA tournament in four of his five seasons in Manhattan.
CBS Sports reports Martin called Kansas State Athletics Director John Currie at 6:30 Monday night to say he was leaving. Martin was under contract at K-State through 2015 after signing an extension two years ago.
It's no secret relations between the two men were strained. ESPN's Andy Katz reports Currie made little to no effort to try and keep Martin when reports first surfaced late last week South Carolina was interested.
The move puts Martin closer to his native Miami. Martin was open about his interest in the Miami vacancy last year but was never interviewed for the position.
The Wildcats are 117-54 since Martin took over in 2007. The team reached the third round of the NCAA tournament each of the past two seasons. He was the third winningest coach in school history.
South Carolina went just 10-21 this past season and 2-14 in the SEC. Martin is expected to be introduced Tuesday morning in Columbia after the university's board of trustees approves his contract.
Some expected Wichita State's Gregg Marshall to take the job in his native state. However, WSU and Marshall agreed over the weekend to a new contract. Details have yet to be announced.