Kansas State head coach Frank Martin yells at an official during a time out in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Manhattan, Kan. Iowa State won 65-61. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Frank Martin said he didn't leave Kansas
State because of problems with Wildcat officials or administrators.
The new Gamecocks basketball coach said his team at Kansas State
was on the rise and poised to continue one of the most successful
runs in school history. But Martin said the opportunity at South
Carolina was too good to pass up.
Martin spoke with The Associated Press on Tuesday. He has said
he and Kansas State athletic director John Currie parted on good
terms. Martin said it was the passion he felt from Gamecock leaders
to compete at the highest levels that influenced his decision.
Martin also said moving to the East Coast was more convenient
for seeing family in his hometown of Miami and his wife Anya's home
of New York City.