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Frank Martin ecstatic with West Va. to Big 12

Posted on: October 25, 2011 3:52 pm
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By Jeff Goodman

If the Big 12 does add West Virginia - as appears to be the case from all accounts - Kansas State coach Frank Martin is ecstatic.

Not necessarily because it'll bring his mentor of sorts, Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins, to the league.

"It's a Hall of Fame coach who went to the Final Four a couple years ago," Martin told CBSSports.com. "If it does happen, it's awesome. Our league instantly gets better."

Martin said he spoke to Huggins on Monday afternoon and the two spoke exclusively about basketball.

"I don't think he had any idea this was coming," Martin said of the reports that have West Virginia leaving the Big East.

Martin said his preference is for the league to be at a dozen teams, but he reiterated that he has complete confidence in the leadership of the Big 12 - whatever direction it chooses to go.

"I have never waffled on the decisions that have been made," Martin said. "I know people on the outside want to complain that we don't have stability, but Kansas State is in a better place than it was five years ago because of the Big 12."

"West Virginia's football program is always in the top of the Big East," he added. "It's big-time football and we don't even have to talk about it basketball-wise."

The addition of West Virginia and TCU would replace outgoing Texas A&M and Missouri - which appears set to depart for the SEC.

"People talk about us being vulnerable," Martin said. "But look at who we are adding."
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Comments

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Frank Martin ecstatic with West Va. to Big 12

> I'm not sure what void TCU is filling in basketball.  Maybe the 2 wins on KUs schedule left every year by Nebraska.


True, in part.. as they do not add much in basketball (ok, zero actually)... but if you traded TCU & WVU/L'ville for A&M & Mizz... the football is arguably better with the new teams (if WVU), and it is not like A&M has done anything in basketball... L'ville or WVU is better than Mizz in basketball.  imo...



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:34 pm
 

Frank Martin ecstatic with West Va. to Big 12

I'm not sure what void TCU is filling in basketball.  Maybe the 2 wins on KUs schedule left every year by Nebraska.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:27 pm
 

Frank Martin ecstatic with West Va. to Big 12

Have seen some posts that Kansas State fans would love to see Huggins come back to the area.  They have not forgotten how he left them for WVU.


Having been really PO when Ri$hRod left WVU for Michigan, I can understand their anger. 

However, from what I have read Kansas State was not doing well in basketball before Huggins went there.  Since then, things have grealty improved.  Not saying Huggins deserves all the credit, but he deserves SOME of the credit for helping KSU adjust their course - and hiring an assistant like Frank Martin.   Frank has done a great job since taking over.

And this interview shows Frank understands the situation better than most fans. 



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 6:18 am
 

Frank Martin ecstatic with West Va. to Big 12

This guy ... Frank Martin ... gets it.  Let Missouri and A&M go, because WVU and TCU more than just fill the void.  By the way, those who think it is difficult to get to Morgantown, think again.  The chartered flights the teams fly go right into Morgantown's airport.  Fans who aren't on private planes will have to grab a 15 minute connection out of Pittsburgh, or make the 50 minute, all-interstate, drive.  


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