The USC basketball team started practice Monday and before they hit the court Frank Martin spent close to an hour talking about his latest cast of Gamecocks. This is Martin’s third year on the bench in Columbia and while he has made progress in each of his first two years, but both ended with sub .500 records. Martin, nor any of the players who talked Monday, made any predications about what this season would bring, they said getting better is, was and always will be the goal. Martin was asked if he feels any added pressure to put a winner on the court this year. He made it crystal clear that he doesn’t.
“Go look at my background and see where I’m sitting today. You think I’m worried about pressure? For winning games? Please. I come from nothing. If what I do is not good enough I will go back to nothing. I was happy with nothing and I will be happy with nothing again if that’s the path my life is destined to have. My job is not to win games. That’s what you judge me on. My job is to help people. I keep my focus on that.”
You can listen to what else Martin had to say below.