While Frank Martin was taking in a Broadway show in New York City on Friday night, a report from Twitter out of South Carolina created chaos. The “tweet” said the Kansas State head coach was set to accept the head-coaching job at South Carolina, and that a press conference was scheduled for Saturday.
Martin denied the report, and in a text message to The Mercury said “I have not talked 2 anyone.”
“I am watching Jersey Boys with my wife hoping that I don’t make a (fool) out of myself the next two days,” said Martin, who is in New York as a part of CBS’ studio coverage of the NCAA tournament.
Martin’s name has been connected to the South Carolina coaching vacancy for nearly a week. But on Friday, things really heated up with the Twitter post that was quickly retracted and deleted by the writer.
Still, GamecockCentral.com, the Rivals.com site that covers South Carolina, reported that as of Friday night, a source told the website that a deal with Martin was “90 percent done.” Sporting News Magazine cited sources on Friday saying South Carolina has asked K-State for permission to speak with Martin about its opening.
Martin had an opportunity to deny interest in the South Carolina job on Saturday after being asked if he’d like to put the rumors to rest, but he did nothing to put the fire out.
“In the age of social media that we live in right now, it’s crazy,” Martin said on CBS. “I was scheduled to be at a press conference today in South Carolina and I was sitting watching a show in New York City last night. And obviously I’m sitting here with you guys today.
“The stuff that gets out these days, I look at it as a compliment that we’re doing our job the right way at Kansas State that these sort of things get out.”
Martin, who signed a contract extension in March 2010 that extended his deal to 2015, is up for renegotiation with K-State.
There were several clauses in the contract that, if accomplished, would allow Martin to renegotiate his deal. One of those clauses was K-State finishing in a tie for third or better in the Big 12 regular-season standings, something the Wildcats accomplished in the 2010-11 season. Because of that, Martin and K-State athletic director John Currie are now supposed to meet to “agree to negotiate in good faith from April 1, 2012, to May 31, 2012 a modification, extension or revised employment agreement.”
If a revision of the contract is not reached between both parties, Martin’s buyout will drop from $1 million to $500,000 on June 1, 2012. If Martin were to leave for another job before June 1, the university that hired him would have to pay K-State $1 million.