South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin is not off to a great start in his first year with the program. The Gamecocks are currently 12-12, and almost all of their wins came before conference play began. They’ve lost nine of their last 11 games, and Thursday night’s 64-46 beat-down at the hands of LSU was the team’s fifth straight loss.
The loss infuriated Martin. To say that he bashed his team in his postgame press conference would be a legendary understatement.
“If you take (point guard) Bruce Ellington off our team, you’d probably have the 12 leading candidates for the starring roles in ‘The Return of the Living Dead,’ the zombie movie,” Martin said, via The Post and Courier. “If you took Bruce off our team, our guys would probably win an Academy (Award) for their performance in that movie. I’ve been doing this for 28 years, nine of which as a junior varsity high school coach. That means I’ve dealt with 14-year-olds. I’ve never been more embarrassed to call myself a basketball coach than I am today.
“If this was the NBA, we’d fine them, we’d take their money, we’d release them and say, ‘Good luck with ever finding another job.’ It’s not the NBA. So we’re in education. Somehow, some way, we have to reach them. It’s embarrassing.”