Frank Martin isn’t used to losing. The USC basketball team isn’t used to winning. That combination is bound to cause some friction. Last week Martin went on an epic rant about his team’s performance following an 18 point home loss to LSU. His comments drew national attention and some people said he went too far. Martin disagreed and took exception to the claim he threw his team under the bus.
“If you know anything about me, for 28 years, I don’t throw my players under the bus, Martin said. “I threw the culture under the bus. I threw our approach under the bus. Don’t ever say I throw my players under the bus. If you know anything about me, that’s never happened in 28 years. It ain’t happening yesterday. It ain’t happening today. And the day they kick me out of here and out of this business, I still won’t do it. Now, our culture, our approach? It’s no good. That has to change. But I’m not throwing players under the bus. I fight for my guys. I don’t kick them.”
Martin’s team has dropped six straight as they prepare for Wednesday night’s home game with Ole Miss. The good news is he thinks he saw some signs of life out of his players in a ten point loss at Alabama Saturday. We’ll see how they respond against the Rebels tomorrow night.