Frank Martin to Miami Rumors Already Flying

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With the strange but not unwelcome departure of Frank Haith for the University of Missouri, UM is now in the market for a new head basketball coach.

And less than five hours after the vacancy became public knowledge, rumors are already flying over who might take the helm at the struggling ACC hoops program.

It looks like the early front-runner is none other than Kansas State coach and one-time Miami cheater Frank Martin.

You might remember the name. Back in December, the Herald made inky love to the man despite the fact that Martin was caught red-handed breaking rule after rule while coaching Miami Senior High School in the '90s.

Just before Martin won a third state title for Miami High in 1998, New Times published an investigation into his shenanigans. Martin - along with current Miami Heat star Udonis Haslem - were eventually stripped of their championship.

As the "Big 12 Hoops" blog points out, Martin is a logical choice for The U: he's a Miami native with a wealth of local recruiting contacts, to say the least.

But Miami will likely have to match the $1.2 million yearly salary the 2010 conference coach of the year currently gets at K-State. With Martin's shady record, it ain't worth it.

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WildcatByMarriage
WildcatByMarriage

Please keep writing this story. I have read it now 3 times in 3 different articles and I don't live in Miami. I hope that Frank keeps reading it too so that he will know that his real home is in Kansas. It is so nice that this Miami "journalist" appears to be dedicating his life to ensuring that no one forgets something that happened so many years ago. KState is happy to have Frank and we hope that he knows that his home is with us. Thank you for reinforcing how much more community support Frank gets in Manhattan.

scatfu
scatfu

Wow, dont quit your day job Miller, I need my trash picked up on Tuesdays.

emaw13
emaw13

As a Wildcat fan, we aren't that worried about martin leaving KSU for Miami yet, no offense but your program is in somewhat of a shamble, with no AD and your basketball program having not really improved since haith took over. Now if someone took over and in 5 years left and the program was up and running then i will be worried...

EG
EG

Frank Martin is making less than what Haith was supposed to make the next two years. Can just up what Haith was going to make slightly and that's a half million more than Martin is making right now. Plus he gets to go home. He'd have UM's b-ball team back to where Leonard Hamilton left off and probably even higher.

Artcabrera
Artcabrera

Give Frank credit find a better story we are proud of Frank in Miami he is one of us grew up here it would be great to see him come back .Talk to anyone that knows Frank he is a good person who when coaching at the high school level did alot for kids .Find another person to rip leave Frank alone.

Get it right
Get it right

Michael Miller...seriously, do you try to call yourself a reporter? Or...are you just one of those internet blog types that depends on the old phrase..."Say things enough times, and people will believe you"....

"I did not see anything in the file when I reviewed it that implicated him in any of this," said Jack Watford, FHSAA director of communications. "I told one reporter, 'If you're on a witch hunt, you need to look elsewhere. You're not going to find anything in Gainesville.' "

"Florida statute that reads, in part, "The bylaws governing residence and transfer shall allow the student to be eligible in the school in which he or she first enrolls each year. ... Where the student lives, with whom the student lives, or which school the student attended the previous year shall not be a factor in determining eligibility.""

"Martin has seen the reports and heard the innuendo. He knows what was said after he was dismissed by Miami High and admits he is troubled by it.

"They say I was run out of high school basketball in the state of Florida," he said. "No, I was not run out of high school basketball in the state of Florida. I was rehired by the same region, by the same superintendent, by the principal at the neighboring high school right after this took place."

Evans was that principal. At the time, she was a 29-year employee of the school district with the responsibility of converting Booker T. Washington from a junior high back to a high school.

"I was looking for people who could help me start a program," she said. "I needed someone who could organize the program for success, and not just athletic success."

She, too, had heard the stories. Before she contacted Martin, she called the district office to find out what role he had played in the Miami High case and what mark it had left on him.

"I said, 'What's on Frank Martin's record? What does it say? Does it say he can't get hired? Did he do something?' " Evans related. "They said, 'No, whatever happened, he's been exonerated. We don't have any kind of hold on Frank Martin's record. There's no reason, as the district is concerned, that he can't coach basketball. There's no reason from the state that he can't coach basketball.' ""

As I said...Frank Martin did nothing wrong. He was cleared by the FHSAA of any and all wrong doing. By you calling him a "cheater" is not only incorrect, but it's probably borderline libelous. Get your facts straight before you spew any more of your incorrect crapola.

Get it right
Get it right

Hell....why don't you try to do what this reporter did...and look into it, instead of just relying on what you THINK is true.

cjonline(dot)com/stories/041507/cat_163233728.shtml

jzad_03
jzad_03

Hahahahahahahahaha....wow Miller just got owned by Get it right...awesome...hope you stay at KSU Frank

Hohohohohohohoho...
Hohohohohohohoho...

Frank Martin, Mr. Accountability. I totally dig it. He's a Buck-Stops-Here kind of guy!

Fired without cause is a juicy lawsuit. Potentially quite lucrative. Until he earned his KSU gig he sure could have used the money. Why did he never file it?

Love you guys. Love!

GetItRight
GetItRight

@Hohohohoho....

Why was he fired? Have you ever heard of "The Buck Stops Here"? That's the kind of guy Frank Martin is. He ultimately took responsibility, because it's the stand up thing to do. However, AFTER they fired him...THEN they found out that he did nothing wrong. You know...they acted before they had the facts. Amazing that things like that happen in society today.

If he had been fired for any improprieties, don't you think he wouldn't have been rehired within the SAME school district? By the SAME superintendent? Kinda strange....isn't it?

I think in today's news age, it's called...Being Shirley Sherrod'd....everyone acted, drew conclusions, and convicted the man in the court of public opinion before ANY of the facts were known. Try to keep up, next time.

Hohohohohohohoho...
Hohohohohohohoho...

I love this defense you acolytes put forth. Love it! One question, though: If he had nothing to do with his basketball program's blatant and proven cheating, then why was Frank Martin fired at Miami High? Was he molesting students or something? Changing grades? Stealing money from the cafeteria? Showing up for school drunk? It's *hard* to get fired at a Miami-Dade public school. Yet, for some reason, he was.

Get it right
Get it right

"I did not see anything in the file when I reviewed it that implicated him in any of this," said Jack Watford, FHSAA director of communications. "I told one reporter, 'If you're on a witch hunt, you need to look elsewhere. You're not going to find anything in Gainesville.' "

get real
get real

Sounds like "miller" has his own agenda... in reality, Martin would be a great fit here.

Michael Miller
Michael Miller

@ Get it right - Martin admitted to New Times back in '98 that five of his 15 players didn't actually live at their listed addresses:"I'll shoot straight with you," he said. "I have no idea how those addresses got on [the school district computer] system." Then, of course, he was fired while Florida High School Activities Association was conducting an investigation.

Get it right
Get it right

I would like to point out to the writer that Frank Martin was actually found to have had NOTHING to do with the cheating that occurred. In fact, it was his bosses that were found guilty. Research a little, dude....

Austinjohn21
Austinjohn21

I would like to hope that Martin loves K-State as much as he says he does and that Miami isn't worth it.

Basketball Junkie
Basketball Junkie

Now wonder Miami is the pits in basketball. Nothing but hit jobs by Michael Miller and the Miami New Times. What a worthless rag.

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