South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin spoke about his recent activity on social media as nothing more than defending his team like he would normally.
Martin has drawn some criticism for a tweet response from a fan who responded to Gamecock legend Alex English’s support of the South Carolina coach:
Hey Stephanie if u don’t like basketball, Fine. Think I’m a bad coach, Fine. Don’t like me, Fine. However, don’t ever put my players down away. We r 8-2 off of a Final 4 without u. We r good without your support.
Appreciate u https://t.co/hQOHjlyGN3
— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) December 9, 2017
Frank Martin defended his actions, saying Thursday, “80 percent of social media is a joke,” and that it’s nothing more than “an irrelevant conundrum of ignorance to divide people who have no reason to be divided.”
Frank Martin on Social Media
Martin said before the season that this was “the best shooting team he’s had since he’s been at South Carolina”, and while the optics might say otherwise, he believes the numbers are right in line with his beliefs.
USC’s coach said the problem doesn’t lie with the shot selection, but in his team’s penchant for ill-advised turnovers:
Frank Martin on Shooting and Turnovers
Despite two losses during the non-conference schedule and some shaky play at times, Martin believes this team has shown progress, and said they need to be able to sustain the positive runs they’ve had going into conference play:
Frank Martin on progress
The Gamecocks draw Clemson next, and try to avenge last year’s home loss when they travel to Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday. Martin believes Clemson’s experience brings a significant challenge, and that neither team gets enough credit for playing the other.
Frank Martin on Clemson
Martin also told SportsTalk he plans to travel to New York on December 21st or 22nd to check in on Rakym Felder, and inquire about a possible return to the Gamecocks basketball program. Felder is no longer enrolled at USC after he was involved in an offseason altercation outside of a Columbia bar in which charges were dropped.