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South Carolina fires coach Frank Martin after 10 seasons

Feb 26, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Frank Martin during second half during the game against Alabama Crimson Tide at Coleman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina fired Frank Martin on Monday after making one NCAA Tournament appearance during his 10 seasons as its men’s basketball coach.

Martin’s last game was Thursday, as the Gamecocks (18-13, 9-9 Southeastern Conference) dropped a 73-51 setback to Mississippi State in the second round of the conference tournament.

“After a thorough evaluation of our men’s basketball program, we have decided to make a change,” South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said. “We are grateful for the dedication that Coach Martin has made to Gamecock Basketball. We wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future.”

The school said a national search for a new men’s basketball coach will begin immediately.

South Carolina is listed as one of the programs in the running to land celebrated recruit GG Jackson, who is from Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C.

But Jackson has said he’s also weighing the G League as an option.

Duke, North Carolina, Georgetown and Auburn are also considered contenders to land Jackson.

Martin, 55, posted a 171-147 record during his 10 seasons with South Carolina. He led the Gamecocks to the Final Four in 2017.

Martin was the third-longest tenured coach in school history behind only Frank McGuire (1964-80) and Frank Johnson (1940-43, 1946-58).

Prior to joining the Gamecocks, Martin had a 117-54 mark during five seasons with Kansas State (2007-12).

–Field Level Media