COLUMBIA, S.C. – Frank Martin's in-game expressions don't scream softness and compassion. They don't scream sensitive and caring. In fact, the only think Frank Martin's expressions seem to scream is screaming.
He's known throughout college basketball for yelling at players much more than for his strategy or charisma. One 2010 profile describes his "death stare" and "pit bull temperament," and also throws in "fiery" and "infamous for a two-word profanity." (And that profile was in the New York Times.) To some, the guy has become less coach and more caricature – someone who belongs in a singlet and not a suit.
It doesn't help that his rapid rise to coaching fame has brought with it a nagging skepticism. His high school team in Miami was stripped of a state title for recruiting violations – the director of the state's high school athletic association called them the most egregious violations in state history, though Martin never was directly charged with anything – and his success at Read More »from Beneath new South Carolina coach Frank Martin's tough exterior there actually is a big heart