Was Frank Martin's decision to leave Kansas State too impulsive?

I'm not going to lie: I had no idea who Frank Martin was until he was named the head coach of Kansas State in 2007.

I didn't do all this blogging stuff back then, so I devoted much of my free time to things not related to assistant coaching musical chairs.

But the moment Martin took to the Wildcat sidelines he had my attention, and there's no doubt he'll surely have South Carolina fans attention as well, as Martin has reportedly accepted an offer to become the Gamecocks next basketball coach, with a six-year $12-million contract.

Bringing in a guy with both a personality and ability to coach is fantastic for the Gamecocks, but frankly I hope Martin didn't just make an impulsive decision to proverbially flip the bird at the Kansas State athletic department without considering the real-life ramifications.

Ever since Jamar Samuels was forced to sit out the Wildcats third-round NCAA Tournament game against Syracuse, Martin has gotten dusty in a post-game press conference when asked about the sudden suspension, publicly backed Samuels and the idea of paying players in small amounts to help them have enough money to eat, and quickly taken a new job more than a thousand miles away from his current place of work.

I understand that Martin and Kansas State athletic director John Currie may have feuded plenty in the past to make the suspension of Samuels act as the final straw - and not the only straw - but I hope Martin thought through this decision.

Does he know that players can get suspended for $200 under-the-table payments at other schools?

Does this mean that South Carolina has promised Martin that they would look the other way if a situation like Samuels' were to present itself at their school?

Is Frank Martin hoping for unilateral control in Columbia?

On the surface this is a coup for the USC community. Martin is a guy that demands discipline from his players, and has become a name-brand in the college basketball coaching world to the point that players from nearly all points of the country want to play for him.

After taking the Wildcats to four NCAA Tournaments, including one Elite Eight appearance, in five seasons, Currie may have blown the best thing going at his place of employment.

The odds are in Martin's favor that he'll turn around the South Carolina program to the point where they're competing for and earning NCAA Tournament berths on an annual basis, and it will help compliment what Steve Spurrier has done with the football program, as well as the elite success of the school's baseball team.

But other than a bump in salary, is this move by Martin about nothing more than an opportunity to work with people who will get out of his way?

Kansas State was not a basketball blue blood. It was a school whose recent success was due almost completely to Martin's connections in the recruiting world.

He brought in a number of players who wouldn't of even considered the Little Apple, and the guess is that the school will revert back to a far inferior basketball school when compared to Kansas, Texas, Baylor, and others.

The same pattern is likely to develop in Columbia.

Frank Martin can laugh at the situation Kansas State just fell into, but I hope he's realistic himself about his new situation.

If given the time this could become a tremendous success story for Martin, but he's essentially hit the reset button on his coaching career, and it will be another case of fixing a broken program.

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