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Alex English Says South Carolina Should Extend Frank Martin ASAP
NEW YORK — Former South Carolina legend Alex English says the school should lock up Frank Martin to a long-term extension.
“They need to give him a new deal, make sure he stays there,” English told ZAGSBLOG courtside at Madison Square Garden after Martin led the Gamecocks to their first-ever Final Four with a 77-70 win over SEC rival Florida in the East Regional final.
South Carolina (26-10) will face Gonzaga in the national semifinals on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.
“I’m not gonna pay Gonzaga a minute of attention until sometime [Monday],” Martin, who also celebrated his 51st birthday here on Thursday, said as he soaked in his team’s victory.
In April 2016, South Carolina gave Martin a four-year contract extension and a raise after tying the school’s record for most wins in a season at 25. This year’s total exceeds that by one and counting.
Martin received a raise of $350,000 and was slated to make $2.45 million this season. The contract kept Martin at South Carolina through 2021-22. He had two years remaining on the six-year contract he signed after arriving from Kansas State following the 2011-12 season.
Martin’s salary will increase by $50,000 each year through the life of the contract.
(The AP contributed; Photo: Coley Harvey/ESPN)
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.