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You Can’t Cuss At Players, Frank Martin

… AT LEAST NOT ON TELEVISION University of South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin has had a rough second season in Columbia, S.C. And it’s not ending well … Martin was suspended by Gamecock athletics director Ray Tanner for South Carolina’s regular season finale against Mississippi State this week…

… AT LEAST NOT ON TELEVISION

University of South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin has had a rough second season in Columbia, S.C.

And it’s not ending well …

Martin was suspended by Gamecock athletics director Ray Tanner for South Carolina’s regular season finale against Mississippi State this week due to “inappropriate verbal communication as it relates to the well-being of our student-athletes.”

Martin will not travel with the Gamecocks (11-19, 4-13 SEC) to Starkville, Mississippi for Saturday’s game.

What happened?

Umm … well …

Yeah … that’s Martin screaming “answer the f*cking question, asshole!” to Gamecock freshman guard Duane Notice during South Carolina’s second-half collapse against top-ranked Florida earlier this week.

Fresh off of his biggest win at South Carolina (a 72-67 victory over No. 17 Kentucky), Martin’s Gamecocks were trailing the No. 1 team in America by only two points at halftime. Then the wheels fell off … with Florida embarking on a 23-4 run during the second half that put the game out of reach. Martin’s tirade toward Notice took place at the beginning of that run – and clearly did little to right the ship.

This is the second time this season Martin has had to apologize for verbally berating a player. In January he issued a public apology after lambasting guard Brenton Williams.

Martin’s antics would be one thing if South Carolina were winning – but his team actually took a step backward this season (although in fairness he lost his two best players – one to injury and the other to football).

Accordingly, we can excuse a mild regression in wins and losses (especially with Martin’s team dropping so many close games).

What can we not excuse? More anti-productive outbursts …

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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35 comments

Squishy123 March 6, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I think ol’ Frank will tell Tanner and USC to go fuck themselves at the end of the season. Coaching basketball at USC is only for the masochistic.

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Will Folks aka Sic March 6, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Interesting perspective … he’s definitely on the hot seat if he stays. And from the looks of it, may not be able to handle the pressure!

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Manray March 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Betcha he’s gloomy now that he’ll miss that trip to Starkville.

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Fastmouth March 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm

My son and I went to a game last season during the holiday break. He definitely has a foul mouth. Getting a player’s attention is one thing, but complete verbal abuse is another. Kind of reminds me of a story that appeared here on FITS last week about good ole Steve Taneyhill. The faster that Martin gets gone – the better. I hope that Ray Tanner can find a “class act ” coach for basketball.

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Squishy123 March 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm

The bigger challenge will be to find someone who wants to come here. At the moment the only reason to take this job would be if nothing else were available and for the money.

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Fastmouth March 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I’d say that’s about right!

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Roberto March 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Obviously no one involved has sat behind Dawn Staly’s bench during a game.

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Squishy123 March 6, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Does she cuss like an ugly sailor?

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Krazy Kat March 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm

“…Forever to Thee…”

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CorruptionInColumbia March 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Can you cuss a player if they are more than a player?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvJFaAssMq4

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Uh huh March 6, 2014 at 7:16 pm

If USC wants someone that’s going to lose “well”, then that should be easy for them to find.

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Robert March 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Great job Tanner. No room for this behavior. Need to prepare to cut ties with this hothead.

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Astonished March 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

I think Frank Martin is VERY frustrated and it shows. I would hate to be on the receiving end of that glare! He is a great basketball coach but he’s his own worst enemy. If he would just his anger under control, I think the program would move in the right direction. If not, we will continue to see players leave.

Steve Spurrier toned it down and look what he’s done at Carolina
Dawn Staley toned it down and she won an SEC Championship

It can be done!!

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Thomas March 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Frank Martin is an accomplished coach in men’s division one basketball. His ability to recruit and develop players is well known as his team accomplishments exemplify. Our student athletes have a pattern of 35-4 point runs opening second halves. We are not obligated to extend player scholarships to under performing student-athletes. I suggest revoking scholarships for student-athletes that refuse to be coached and recruit some more freshmen. This is a young team. Some players have an attitude with the coaching staff. I say pull their scholarships and have tryouts each year for those players that desire to compete at this level but refuse to be coached.

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Grr_Native March 7, 2014 at 10:52 am

Wow. Yeah, it’s the players fault. Gotcha.

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Jay Ellington March 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

This is really not all that unreasonable. Just look at what Clowney pulled last year. These man-children are getting full rides to perform. If they tried half as hard once they got there, as they did to get there, maybe coaches like Martin wouldn’t have to get so fired up.

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Jay Ellington March 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

This is really not all that unreasonable. Just look at what Clowney pulled last year. These man-children are getting full rides to perform. If they tried half as hard once they got there, as they did to get there, maybe coaches like Martin wouldn’t have to get so fired up.

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Not a pussy March 6, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Every player that signs with Martin knows that he is very hard on his players. I understand that fans don’t want to hear it, but it is not inappropriate to his players as they expect it.

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Stinkbait March 6, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Horse Crap!!!

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Smirks March 7, 2014 at 7:57 am

Being hard is making a kid run laps for screwing up. Being verbally abusive is just being an ass.

And I’m not even one to have a problem in general with profanity…

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Yelsewh March 7, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Did your wife know that you had a reputation for beating women when she married you? Because if she did then she had it coming to her.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein March 6, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Right now, Bobby Knight must be wondering just WTF happened to college basketball…

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Cali March 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm

GREGG MARSHALL should’ve gotten the job when Odom retired.

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Yelsewh March 7, 2014 at 4:26 am

You think Martin is bad?

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TontoBubbaGoldstein March 6, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Psssst!

Duane Notice!!

Two words for ya:

Latrell Sprewell

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davis mcclam March 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm

It is time for Martin to go. He is an embarrassment to USC.

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Yelsewh March 7, 2014 at 4:24 am

Coach K cusses a blue streak at his players and the officials but you never hear a word about it.Winning covers up a lot of sins.

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Philip Branton March 7, 2014 at 9:15 am

Boomerang 101, 404, 901

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TontoBubbaGoldstein March 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Roger, Roger.

We have clearance, Clarence.

What’s the vector, Victor?

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Philip Branton March 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm

What’s your SOP, Samantha..??

{Obvioulsy, Tonto has made the case for Obama-care concerning “Operation C.V.S” }

+4 points

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Grrr_Native March 7, 2014 at 10:50 am

Cussing on the sidelines isn’t the problem…a large percentage of coaches do that. There’s a big difference in cussing and verbally abusing a player…just sayin’.
IMO, Tanner wouldn’t have done anything about this if Martin hadn’t added the “asshole” (direct insult to the player) to the tirade.

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Mark J March 7, 2014 at 11:10 am

You sure he and Bobby Knight don’t share some kin folks somewhere down the line?

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Jay Ellington March 7, 2014 at 11:19 am

Who didn’t see this coming a bazillion miles away? Anyway, the guy is just venting, trying to motivate. It’s not like he’s physically assaulting anyone. Remember when Coach K went out for “exhaustion” in 94-95 season? If you ever get a chance, ask Cherokee Parks what the real reason for that “break” was.

For anyone that likes boobs and rock and roll, check out Cherokee Parks sister on bass guitar… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAadalTIquQ

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Tummy Enema March 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

That muthafuker needs to watch his fuking mouth. There is no establishment for shit like that on a college campus.

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edr March 8, 2014 at 7:47 pm

i feel sorry for jose francisco martin

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