UPDATE: Tommy Amacker is staying at Harvard, according to ESPN. Miami's basketball coaching job is still open, but the Hurricanes did hire an athletic director.
Still, if you're wondering why the 'Canes haven't called Kansas State's Frank Martin, there's this nugget from Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman: "Dan Parker Search Firm showing how clueless it is yet again. All it takes is one call to Frank Martin. Instead, Miami will remain mediocre."
Read the rest of the update after the jump ...
Original Story (April 11): ESPN.com is reporting that University of Miami officials are in Boston to meet with Harvard's Tommy Amaker to see if he'd be interested in coaching in Coral Gables. Uh, but what about Kansas State's Frank Martin? Sounding really unlikely.
The ESPN report cites unnamed sources saying Martin is interested, but there's a big but in the way. "But those same sources told ESPN.com that the search firm called
Martin's representatives and said that Miami and the search firm had no
interest in pursuing Martin." Really? In four years, the guy has coached the Wildcats to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Elite Eight. And you're not interested? Best of luck to you, 'Canes.
Then there's this strange report from the Associated Press in which Martin professes to be happy at K-State but willing to listen. Martin goes as far as to discuss how misinformation about his salary may have scared Miami away, via the AP:
He wonders if a misunderstanding about his salary might have discouraged the Hurricanes.
"Everyone's reporting that my salary is $1.55 million (annually). Actually, my salary is $1.1 million," he said. "Now, I'm an old high school teacher who was making 32 grand when I moved to Boston, and I'm extremely grateful and thankful for the salary I make right now.
"If I stayed the length of the (five-year) contract and I collect every bonus on the contract, it will average out to $1.55. And you know what? There is a chance that the University of Miami never called because they think I make $1.5," he said. "There's a chance just because it was released at $1.55 the University of Miami said, 'We can't call him. Why waste our time? We can't pay him."'
Is Martin throwing that out there so Miami will call? Seems strange to throw out the salary figure, say maybe it scared Miami off, and then say you'd definitely listen to anyone who gave you a call.
The Miami Herald also released a short list of names that didn't include Martin. Via the Herald:
Some UM trustees have lobbied for Kansas State's Frank Martin and Alabama's Anthony Grant, both of whom have strong local ties, but there are no indications they have been interviewed.
UPDATE: Then there's this story from Curtis Kitchen on CollegeHoops.net, wondering if Martin's coaching demeanor turned off Miami officials when the Wildcats played the Florida Gators in the 2010 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic in Miami.
If this is right, then that's a pretty poor excuse for not at least calling the guy.
The game turned out to be the worst of the season for the Wildcats, who scored their lowest point total of the season in a 57-44 loss.
During the game, sources say, several important people associated with Miami took in the contest a few rows behind the K-State bench, sitting within earshot of Martin, who has demonstrated, at times, the vocal ability to make an entire naval battalion blush.
Martin did his normal thing that night, and it left a lasting impression with those in attendance - enough that when coupled with Martin's gray high school coaching past in Miami, they feel now he isn't worth pursuing despite the larger fanbase's desire for them to do so.