Power struggle? Board vote reportedly puts Frank Martin's fate in hands of AD, president
Frank Martin’s future as the South Carolina men’s basketball coach appears to be in the hands of President Bob Caslen and Athletics Director Ray Tanner. The move is reportedly following a Board of Trustees vote, which cited concerns about paying the buyout.
Martin’s buyout is reportedly $6.5 million, and Mike Gillespie of ABC-Columbia reported that multiple sources indicated to him that the Board of Trustees is in favor of retaining Martin at South Carolina, mostly citing concerns over the buyout in Martin’s contract.
This situation comes only a couple months after the school paid former football coach Will Muschamp $12.9 million in a negotiated buyout.
Martin’s contract was reworked after the 2017 Final Four run, and it was amended to say that if he was ever fired without cause, he would be owed 100 percent of his remaining guaranteed compensation. The original contract was 66 percent, the Post and Courier reported.
Tanner earlier offered his perspective on the situation, and the unusual circumstances with last year’s tournament being called off as the Gamecocks were thought to be a bubble team.
“I’m not trying to be defensive for them,” Tanner said, per 247Sports. “I’m just stating the facts that it’s been a tough run. If you’re going to simplify it it’s about postseason play. You play in a conference that is extremely difficult, but at the end of the year do you continue to play or not. … You do have to look underneath the hood (when assessing a season). It can’t just happen (an NCAA Tournament berth) happen or did it not happen. You have to look under the hood.”