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South Carolina suspends Frank Martin for regular season finale at Mississippi State

Mar 6, 2014, 4:59 PM EST

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In what has been a tough season for South Carolina (11-19, 4-13 SEC), the Gamecocks will conclude regular season play on Saturday without their head coach. On Thursday South Carolina announced that Frank Martin has been suspended for one game due to “inappropriate verbal communication” with a player.

“The one-game suspension is a result of inappropriate verbal communication as it relates to the well-being of our student-athletes,” South Carolina AD Ray Tanner said in the release.

The school did not offer up any specifics in the statement with regards to the actual incident in question. During the Gamecocks’ loss to No. 1 Florida on Tuesday night, Martin was caught on camera berating freshman Duane Notice during a timeout. Martin appears to demand that Notice “answer the (expletive) question, you (expletive)!”

Associate head coach Matt Figger will serve as acting head coach on Saturday, and a win over the Bulldogs would keep the Gamecocks out of last place ahead of next week’s SEC tournament.

  1. joewilliesshnoz - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    What a (expletive).

  2. onlyoneleft - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    The old boy is history. He might as well go crap on AD Ray Tanner’s desk and get fired.

  3. getsome99 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Fired for what? We can’t see what the player said or didn’t say. Maybe he was being an a*hole and not answering the f*ing question.

  4. onlyoneleft - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    “Fired for what? We can’t see what the player said or didn’t say. Maybe he was being an a*hole and not answering the f*ing question.” Calm down Frank. Throwing those f words out are costly.

  5. mogogo1 - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Ironically, it had appeared he’d toned it down a bit at South Carolina from his K-State days. I don’t think he was ever suspended at K-State, but his antics put off the AD and administration enough Martin didn’t feel secure despite having a winning program, which is why he left. He’s a good coach and I think a good guy on the whole, but sometimes he crosses the line between intense and out-of-control.

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