Frank Martin’s second season at USC is winding down, and this will go down as another tough year for Gamecock men’s basketball. Most people understand Martin inherited a mess decades in the making, and that fixing that mess was going to take time. Despite the struggles over the past couple of years, Martin still believes his program is going to get where it needs to be. Today Martin was asked what he would tell fans that have witnessed season after season of losing basketball who are hungry for winning basketball and looking for a reason to believe in the future.
“Fans, it’s their money, their time, their emotions. They have to determine when they want to sacrifice those three things to become part of it. The fans I don’t want to get on board on the ones that sit back and criticize our kids right now. They can stay home. The ones that are still trying to pass judgment, that are sitting back, and they aren’t ready to commit yet, I get it. I understand. We’ve got to play better. We’ve got to win more. We’ve got to earn their trust for them to give us their time, their emotion…”
Martin has seen the response Dawn Staley’s women’s program is getting, and he is confident he will be there one day. “It’s coming for us too,” he said. Martin cited a spike in attendance this season. Check out more of his comments below. It is worth your time.