South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin took to the mic at SEC Media Days and did not mince words when talking about the conference media poll.
Frank Martin said he “doesn’t care” about the low ranking, saying that he’s been on both sides of the coin, with teams that have over-performed and under-performed preseason expectations.
The Head Coach did have some comments about who will do the scoring for South Carolina, how well this team has adopted to defense and what last year’s Final Four run did for him personally as well as the SEC as a whole:
South Carolina guard Hassani Gravett and forward Chris Silva represented the Gamecocks in Nashville.
Other SEC Coaches had complimentary words for what South Carolina did last year, and how their low preseason ranking does not define them. Mississippi State Coach Ben Howland went so far as to call the ranking “a total joke”. Below are some samplings from other head coaches across the conference.
Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari happy for Frank Martin
Missouri Head Coach Cuonzo Martin on getting a team not named Florida or Kentucky to Final Four
Florida Head Coach Mike White on the SEC and South Carolina
Vanderbilt Head Coach Bryce Drew on why he has faith in people of College Basketball and SEC
Ole Miss Head Coach Andy Kennedy believes Frank Martin and USC can retool
The most newsworthy comment of the day conference wide was projected top NBA Draft Pick Michael Porter, Jr. of Missouri saying he’s not a shoe-in to be a one-and-done player.
Missouri Forward Michael Porter, Jr.
As far as the state of basketball goes, Kentucky Coach John Calipari offered up his suggestions to make sure the NCAA “does what’s in the best interest of the kids”. Namely, he wants to see a model where players can enter the NBA or the G-League right away, and have a two-year requirement for players entering college.
Calipari on “one-and-done” reform
The FBI probe and investigation into the programs involved is a black eye for College Basketball, but Calipari said an encouraging sign is that “behaviors will change”. Cuonzo Martin says he feels bad for those involved, and would like to see changes as well, but wants to keep Summer recruiting in the mix.
Cuonzo Martin on College Basketball reform