It’s been well-documented here on Cocky Country that I’m not the world’s biggest basketball enthusiast, but I pay enough attention to know what’s going on.
And when I say I “pay enough attention,” I mean I’m always following things on Twitter, which is where I discovered that some members of Gamecock Nation believe that because the men’s hoops team isn’t undefeated or first in the SEC or something, Frank Martin should be fired.
Yes, after the four year period of abysmal-ness, otherwise known as Darrin Horn’s time in Columbia, there are people who think that after LESS THAN A YEAR, we should already can the new coach.
Here’s the thing, though, internet ADs: Horn didn’t exactly bring in top-notch talent, and he didn’t exactly seem to do much in the way of coaching them up, either, so it’s not like anyone should be surprised that the Gamecocks aren’t lighting it up this season. Martin’s a fiery, intense coach, but he isn’t a miracle worker. And in less than a season – mainly with guys he didn’t recruit – it’s hard to see how anyone could have expected him to completely turn things around.
I’ve also seen some people call out Martin for his strong language and an angry post-game presser or two. Did I think his comments about how if it were the NBA, almost everyone on the team would be fined and gone for their poor play were harsh? Yeah. But is it true that the team has at times played like they’d rather be sitting in a lecture on the history of graphing calculators than playing the game? I think so.
With five games remaining in the regular season and last night’s upset victory over Ole Miss, the team is 13-13 overall and 3-10 in the conference. At this time last year, they were 10-16 and 2-9. Sure, the SEC record’s still not very good, but a .500 record overall is a marked improvement.