By: Brian Rauf
SportsTalk learned late Friday afternoon that South Carolina Athletics Director Eric Hyman has made a decision on his basketball hire, with the announcement coming early next week.
All signs point to Kansas State’s head coach Frank Martin as the man to replace Darrin Horn, who was fired on March 13. GamecockCentral recported that Martin was in Columbia this past Monday to interview with Hyman.
The word of Martin as the Gamecocks’ new coach comes on his birthday. He turned 46 on Friday.
Martin did not respond to a text message at the time of this story seeking a response.
Martin first came on to the college scene as an assistant for Northeastern in 2000, where he stayed for four years before joining the staff of Bob Huggins and Cincinnati in 2004. He followed Huggins to Kansas State in 2006, and when Huggins bolted to West Virginia after his first season with the Wildcats, Martin was named head coach.
In five seasons at the helm, Martin has posted an overall record of 117-64 (.684 winning percentage) and was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2010. He led Kansas State to four NCAA Tournament appearances, compiling a tournament record of 6-4, leading the Wildcats as far as the Elite 8, which he did in 2010.
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