Martin Takes Over at Kansas State


Kansas State's new head basketball coach says it's been pretty hard to rattle him since he got shot at outside a bar in Miami.

Frank Martin was introduced today as the successor to Bob Huggins, a move the university hopes will bring a quick end to an embarrassing situation. Martin says he's comfortable dealing with difficult issues.

Huggins left abruptly last week after only one season to take the head coaching job at his alma mater, West Virginia.

The 41year old Martin spent the past season as Huggins' top assistant and recruiting coordinator, helping turn around a program that had been dismal for years.

The Wildcats went 23 and 12, reached the NIT and had their best conference finish since the start of the Big 12.

But Martin has never been a Division One head coach and his only other experience leading a program came to an embarrassing end at Miami (Florida) Senior High. He was fired and the school was stripped of a state championship because of recruiting violations.

He went on to become an assistant at Northeastern from 2000-04 before joining Huggins at Cincinnati. When Huggins was forced out by university president Nancy Zimpher in 2005, Martin stayed on as an assistant to new coach Andy Kennedy.

K-State made Martin the head coach less than 24 hours after Huggins quit last Thursday. Athletic director Tim Weiser said the school decided hiring Martin was the best decision for the basketball program.


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