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SHAMIEK SHEPPARED TO MISS ENTIRE 2014-15 SEASON WITH KNEE INJURY

University of South Carolina head basketball coach Frank Martin needs to start putting up some “W’s” this season … his third in Columbia, S.C.  Through two seasons, the 48-year-old Miami, Florida native has posted a 28-38 record as the Gamecocks’ head coach – including an abysmal 9-27 record in conference play.

He’s also complicated his situation by failing to maintain control of his emotions … on multiple occasions.

Martin’s rebuilding efforts were complicated this week when the school announced that incoming recruit Shamiek Sheppard had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament – an injury that will keep him out of action until the 2015-16 season.

“We feel awful for Shamiek with his injury,” Martin said in a statement.

“He has worked so hard to put himself in position to play at South Carolina,” Martin added. “We look forward to supporting him through his surgery and rehab this season.”

Sheppard – a 6-foot-6, 222-pound guard from Waynesboro, Virginia – committed to South Carolina in the spring.

Martin led Kansas State to a 117-54 mark over five seasons – including four NCAA tournament appearances. His 2009-10 team won 29 games and reached the Elite Eight, making him one of the hottest college coaches in America.

That success hasn’t translated … yet, and the patience of long-suffering Gamecock fans is beginning to wear thin.  South Carolina hasn’t won a game in the Big Dance since 1973 – and hasn’t even appeared in the tournament in nearly a decade.

If Martin is going to turn things around, he’d better get crackin’ …