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'Not happy' soph Judge bolts K-State

Posted on: January 31, 2011 6:05 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 10:04 pm
Posted by Matt Norlander

Sorry to be so blunt, but can I suggest, with the news of McDonald's All-American Wally Judge jettisoning the Wildcats, we now leave this team to rot in peace?

The Kansas City Star was the first to have the news; Kellis Robinett got K-State coach Frank Martin, briefly, on the record.

“Wally quit the team today,” Martin said. “He’s not happy. I kinda saw it coming because of some of his emotional situations. He just has not been enjoying it.

"He told me today that he thinks it is time for a change.”

So now, no more what's-wrong-with-Kansas-State stories. No more how-it-can-be-turned-around columns. No more Frank-Martin's-coaching-style-is-high-risk-high-
reward comments. No more lamenting a season that never arrived.

It's officially a lost year, and I think we've all got better things to do than harp on a team who hit a streak of bad luck and couldn't bottle the magic from a year ago.

Unable to bloom into a feared player in the Big 12, Judge, a sophomore forward (right, with Martin) who was averaging less than 6 points per game, wasn't "happy" — on that team right now, who is? — and so he became the latest defect from a program in mid-season. (This is an issue that needs a full-on investigation and dress-down, but that's for another time.)

Judge leaving the team comes just more than two weeks after Freddy Asprilla chose to pack his bags. It's chaos in the Little Apple of Manhattan, Ks., and while those remaining on the team are no doubt trying to fight through this and make a run, surely many of them are thinking, in the back of their minds, how quickly they need this nightmare season to end.

We wanted Kansas State to be good this year. It is a fun team with characters that catalyzed a change of pace in the often business-as-usual Big 12. The Wildcats had a lot of pieces coming back, plus that coach, Martin, whose fiery eyes are made for television cameras and easy columns. How nice it would have been to see the Octagon of Doom be a factor again.

From a  No. 3 ranking in the AP poll at the start of the season to, now, an afterthought. The Wildcats are done. They just are. At 2-5 in the Big 12 with road games left against Iowa State, Colorado, Nebraska and Texas, not to mention home ones against Kansas and Missouri, clawing to .500 in the conference is asking too much.

That means reaching the NCAA tournament is now asking too much. Let's lay off this team, allow it to finish its season off in the shadows and wait to see how Martin will rebuild the program next year, when Curtis Kelly and Jacob Pullen are gone.

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Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:19 pm

'Not happy' soph Judge bolts K-State

You gotta almost feel sorry for K-State.  That would be awful to have such high expectations at the beginning of the year, and then...this?  K-State may not be done, but they're near done.  They can still pull out and have a respectable winning record if they want it enough.  But - they have to want it enough, and I don't know myself, but just basing it on what others seem to think, they might NOT want it enough.  We shall see.  I shall wish them luck the rest of the season.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2011 9:18 pm

'Not happy' soph Judge bolts K-State

Why should K-State get a pass? Lay off them? You don't lay off anybody else. You guys have beat us to death with the K-State crap for two seasons now. All that "Fear The Beard" and "Octagon" nonsense looks kind of foolish in retrospect. You are what your record says you are, except of course if you are Michigan State, and then your record doesn't matter.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 4:08 pm

'Not happy' soph Judge bolts K-State

Frank Martin will not be the head coach of KSU next season.

Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:11 pm

'Not happy' soph Judge bolts K-State

How about we let this article "rot" in peace.  We have 5 home games and winnable ones on the road and a league tournament to play in. I've been at a majority of the games we've played this year, we play the games for a reason-lets see how it all plays out.  As for Wally I wish him nothing but the best.  He has a lot going on in his personal life that has nothing to do with basketball. Life happens. Now on to the next game. EMAW!

Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 11:37 am

'Not happy' soph Judge bolts K-State

The previous two posts are dead on.  An alarmingly large number of college athletes are SOFT!!! It used to be they were told they weren't good enough over and over again.  They played like they had something to prove.  Now from the 6th grade on they are told they are the best thing since sliced bread, and play like they deserve better.  It kills me.  I blame a lot of this on the AAU circuits.  Sure AAU hoops bring some of the best talent in the country to the forefront, but it does more harm than good to the attitudes of players.  I think it takes away their grit, their toughness, their heart, and doesn't bode well with old school coaches like Frank Martin.  I'm not saying this directly relates to Wally or Freddy (Freddy's situation was different), but is something that needs to be addressed.

Since: Mar 28, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:55 am

'Not happy' soph Judge bolts K-State

Orygun- You are absolutely right. Martin is a throwback type of coach and the guys on his team seem to be pansies. So Martin needs to recruit tougher kids who can deal with his style instaed of the soft group he has now. Starting to resemble the KU football program under Mark Mangino. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:18 am

'Not happy' soph Judge bolts K-State

Martin is a throwback coach to a time when players were tough.  The guys coming out now are pu****s!

Since: Feb 3, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:04 am

'Not happy' soph Judge bolts K-State

This is a team whose upperclassmen leadership is rife with headcases, malcontents and thieves.  Too bad.  I like KSU.  I don't know how they will do next yr.  I think Frank needs to tone it down a might.  But he should go ahead and cut loose Kelly and pouting Jacob Pullen.  They have been very destructive to the team.  I also think they have played better without them. 

Since: Feb 3, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:21 am

'Not happy' soph Judge bolts K-State

Character issues have destroyed this team.   Frank needs to pay more attention to character.  This is a very immature bunch.  Now having said that.  There is obvious dissention on this team as well.  They quit several weeks back.  No fight.   they are done.  I'm also wondering how much of this has to do with the kids getting tired of Frank's bug-eyed wild man routine on the sidelines.....KSU fans, don't delude yourself.  There is no more fight in this bunch...  They are done. 

And that is a shame.  I always liked KSU.

Since: Mar 28, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 1:19 am

'Not happy' soph Judge bolts K-State

imakansan- Believe it-----they are done. Look in the eyes of these players, watch their motions. they are trying to tell us something. It is not that they are about to pull together and rise from the ashes. It is a look of lets just get it over with. Wish it weren't true but when the NCAA announces their 68 KSU won't be among 'em. 

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