The State, a South Carolina newspaper, is reporting that Martin could be named coach as early as Tuesday, and the university's Board of Trustees has called a 10 a.m. meeting to approve Martin's contract. The Star confirmed the report. UPDATE: ESPN's Andy Katz says the two sides are simply meeting, citing a text message from Martin saying no deal is done.
Someone might want to inform 810 Sports' Kevin Kietzman, a K-State grad who last week called the rumors of Martin going to South Carolina a "non-story" in an interview with Stan Weber, that this is now a story. Kietzman sounded in utter disbelief that Martin would possibly leave the little apple for Columbia.
"That's square peg, round hole," he said. "I cannot see Frank Martin at South Carolina."
Maybe Kietzman was in denial.
The Gamecocks' job is definitely a step back for Martin; South Carolina won just 10 games this season, losing 21 games.
In five years as coach of the Wildcats, Martin led K-State to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Elite Eight in 2010.
Much speculation is being made about Martin's relationship with K-State athletics director John Currie, and Jamar Samuels' suspension in the tourney against Syracuse. Whether that factored into Martin's decision, only he knows. One thing is clear: Martin must have really wanted out of Manhattan. Bad.