Frank Martin sat down with a jam packed room full of media Tuesday afternoon in Columbia and joked about how many new faces were in crowd of reporters. Martin cracked wise that back in his days as a bouncer he wouldn’t let anyone in through the door that he didn’t recognize. After getting in a few zingers Martin settled in and spent the next 40 minutes or so talking about his program and the trip to the Final Four. You read that correctly. 40 minutes. Turns out Dabo Swinney isn’t the only coach in the Palmetto State that likes to talk.
Here are some of the highlights from Martin’s comments Tuesday.
Frank Martin is a popular guy these days
From Good Morning America to the Dan Patrick Show and everywhere in between, Frank Martin has been all of the television, newspapers and websites this week. He’s taking it all in stride, although he does get a kick out of how some of the same people that criticized his style a few weeks ago now love him.
Listen to the comments below:
The narrative and perception of Martin has changed even though he hasn’t
Following up with the clip above, Martin elaborated on just how much the narrative about him has changed over the past few weeks. The irony is that Martin is the same guy he has always been.
Earning a trip to the Final Four a humbling experience
Martin is living a dream right now, but there’s a part of him that’s a little uncomfortable that he’s made it this far and so many other great coaches are still trying to get there.
Martin leaning on two coaching greats to help guide him in his first Final Four
Frank Martin is no stranger to the NCAA Tournament from his days at Kansas State. He led the Wildcats to the Elite 8 but he never punched a ticket to the Final Four. He has turned to a couple of guys that know a thing or two about this stage to help him handle the new experience.
The stage is big, but Gamecocks are ready
This may be uncharted waters for USC, but Martin is confident his team is ready for the bright lights and big stage of the Final Four. A challenging regular season that included a grueling SEC slate is the reason he feels good about how his team will handle whatever is thrown at them this weekend.
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