Tag:Frank Martin
Posted on: April 12, 2011 2:22 pm

Amaker passes on Miami, will stay at Harvard

Tommy Amaker decided to remain at Harvard after meeting with Miami officials on Monday, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

FoxSports.com first reported the news.

Miami was willing to offer Amaker a five-year deal worth roughly $1.1 million, according to the Miami Herald. The school's search could now turn a number of different directions. Mike Davis (UAB), Rob Jeter (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Donnie Jones (UCF), Tony Barbee (Auburn) and Billy Kennedy (Murray State) are among the possible candidates. Sources have told CBSSports.com that Frank Martin (Kansas State) would be willing to take the job if Miami committed additional resources to its basketball program, but Miami officials have not pursued the Miami native even though most believe he's the only candidate with the ability to make the Hurricanes nationally relevant immediately.

Miami is trying to replace Frank Haith.

He left earlier this month to take over at Missouri.
Posted on: April 11, 2011 9:45 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2011 9:47 pm

Report: Miami targeting Amaker

Miami officials flew to Boston on Monday to meet with Tommy Amaker about the school's men's basketball coaching vacancy, according to the Miami Herald.

The paper reported that Amaker, now the coach at Harvard, "appears" to be Miami's top target.

An offer, if it comes, would be roughly $1.1 million for five years.

Amaker, 45, has made one NCAA tournament in 14 seasons as a head coach at Seton Hall, Michigan and Harvard. Other coaches on Miami's list of potential candidates, according to the Miami Herald, are Mike Davis (UAB), Rob Jeter (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Donnie Jones (UCF), Tony Barbee (Auburn) and Billy Kennedy (Murray State). Sources have told CBSSports.com that Frank Martin (Kansas State) would be willing to take the job if Miami committed additional resources to its basketball program, but Miami officials have not pursued the Miami native even though most believe he's the only candidate with the ability to make the Hurricanes nationally relevant immediately.
Posted on: March 1, 2011 1:02 am
Edited on: March 1, 2011 8:53 am

KSU's turnaround is something to be admired

I got to Kansas City the afternoon of the Kansas State-UNLV game just before Christmas, checked into my hotel, went upstairs, dropped my bag and immediately came back downstairs to grab a late lunch. In the lobby, I ran into KSU coach Frank Martin. Rather than eat, I sat there and talked.

I asked about Jacob Pullen.

About the recent loss at Florida.

About the lack of a leader on this squad.

"We'll be alright," Martin assured me. But it sounded more like a hope than a promise. A few hours later, Pullen and Curtis Kelly were suspended. Then the Wildcats fell to UNLV, started 2-5 in the Big 12 and lost two rotation players (Freddy Asprilla and Wally Judge), at which point KSU's promising season was lost for good because coaches just don't overcome player suspensions, player defections and a bad first two months of the season.

Or at least that's what most thought.

Turns out, most were wrong.

Monday's 75-70 win at No. 7 Texas pushed Kansas State's record to 21-9 overall, 9-6 in the Big 12 -- this after starting the season 14-8 overall, 2-5 in the Big 12. That means the Wildcats have won seven of their past eight and in the process gone from the wrong side of the bubble to safely into any projected NCAA tournament field. It also means this: Frank Martin deserves Big 12 Coach of the Year consideration. No, the Wildcats won't win the Big 12 like they were supposed to win it; they dug a hole too deep. But one way to prove your worth as a coach is to overcome adversity and turn a bad season good midflight, and Martin has spent the past month doing exactly that -- Monday's win at Texas serving as just the most recent example.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 3, 2010 1:02 pm

Dear Gary (on the COY race)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: How could you leave Thad Matta off your Coach of the Year list ? He won a Big Ten title by moving a forward to point guard, and it didn't matter that his best player missed six games with a broken back. Are you an idiot?

-- Bo

We're on track to set a record this week for emails and Tweets directed at me that include the word "idiot." I'll let you know when I get a final tally. As for the question at hand, no question, you could remove Bo Ryan from my list of eight great Coach of the Year candidates and add Thad Matta. Or remove John Calipari and add Kevin Stallings. Or remove Jamie Dixon and add Buzz Williams. Limiting my list to eight instead of 10 or 14 or 19 seems to be a mistake, at least as far as my inbox is concerned. But let's be honest: The Coach of the Year will be one of the guys on my list of eight, and -- based on how most vote for these things -- I suspect it'll be Syracuse's Jim Boeheim or Kansas State's Frank Martin.

Either would be deserving.

I'll let you know my choice next week.
Posted on: December 15, 2009 4:28 pm

The Frank Martin story is a good story

I spent a while on the phone with Frank Martin late Monday, then wrote a column about him that's on the college basketball page now. You can click this link to read it, if you want. It's a column about how most people ripped KSU's decision to promote Martin to replace Bob Huggins, and how he's slowing quieting those critics by leading Kansas State to a 9-1 start and its highest ranking in two decades.

It really is a nice story.

(Not my column; Martin's story).

I didn't get into his background much in the column. But how could people not like the story of a man who went from a high school coach to a Big 12 head coach in the span of seven years? Beyond that, Martin is the son of Cuban immigrants. He got a job when he was 12 as a change-boy at a pool hall. He worked four nights a week in an effort to support his mother, grandmother and sister, because his father drifted away after a divorce. Martin hasn't spoken to his father since 1980. Since the age of 12, he's never not had a job.

"I've been through a lot in my life, personally and professionally," Martin told me Monday night, which is something nobody can dispute. And if you really want to understand where Martin came from and how improbable it is that he's coaching a team ranked No. 17 in the AP poll, I'd encourage you to click this link and read a profile Cole Manbeck of the Manhattan Mercury did on Martin last month.

Lots of good stuff in there.

Check it out.

Then maybe you can appreciate Martin's story a little better.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 24, 2009 1:21 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2009 1:22 pm

Kansas State impressive, off to 4-1 start

There have been lots of winners over the past week thanks to these exempt tournaments.

Syracuse is one.

Purdue is another.

But another team heading into Thanksgiving with high spirits is Kansas State, which beat Boston University and Dayton to finish third in the Puerto Rico Tip-off (ultimately won by Villanova). KSU is now 4-1 with the only loss coming to Ole Miss. The Wildcats play IUPUI on Saturday.

"I feel good," KSU coach Frank Martin said by phone after his team stretched a three-point lead in the final minute and beat Dayton 83-75. "Dayton is a really good basketball team. They won 27 last year and returned their whole team. They're good. ... And I was told after the game that 20 of the past 21 times Dayton has been in a one-possession game with a minute to go, they've won. So for our guys to hang in tough and to, understanding the type of team Dayton is, figure out a way to win is good. We're disappointed that we didn't play for the championship. But in the long-term, in the big picture, we did what we said we were going to do, which is get better as a basketball team."

Among the early bright spots for Kansas State has been Curtis Kelly.

The 6-foot-8 forward transferred from UConn, sat out last season and became eligible this season. He's averaging 13.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He got a season-high 22 points in a 92-54 win over Loyola-Chicago.

"Curt has been absolutely great," Martin said. "And remember, his sophomore year at UConn he dislocated his elbow and missed the last six weeks; he didn't even practice. So for him to be where he's at right now, it's phenomenal."
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