Report: Martin leaving for S. Carolina

By Cole Manbeck

Kansas State head coach Frank Martin is set to leave K-State to become the next head coach of South Carolina, according to The State, a newspaper in Columbia, S.C. reported on Monday morning that the South Carolina Board of Trustees were meeting to consider a contract offer to Martin, who has guided K-State to five consecutive 20-plus win seasons. countered the report by The State, saying South Carolina and Martin are in conversations, but no deal is done yet.

Multiple phone calls to Martin’s agent, Richard Katz, went unreturned on Monday morning. The Mercury was told Katz was out of his office, but would get back to the paper via his cell phone as soon as possible.

K-State athletic director John Currie did not return a phone call or a text message on Monday.

  Martin, who was in New York City this past weekend, has been linked to the South Carolina opening since last week. The Gamecocks went 10-21 this past season, which led to the firing of coach Darrin Horn.

If Martin were to take the job, he would leave behind a K-State team that returns all but one starter for next season.

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