South Carolina coach Frank Martin, whose career arc includes stints as a night club bouncer and a Dairy Queen employee, is one of the most interesting characters in the Final Four. Adding to Martin’s legend is his intense Pitbull fandom.
Yes, that Pitbull. Martin really, really, really loves Mr. Worldwide. A quick cursory Twitter search reveals the depths of Martin’s appreciation.
"reach 4 the stars & if u can't grab them at least u r on top of the world"- @Pitbull what great words
— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) June 20, 2013
Just watched @Pitbull perform on Dancing w the Stars. His energy and passion is uplifting. Way 2 get it do e brother
— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) September 26, 2012
On my way 2 Atlanta 2 c the best performer that's our there @Pitbull . I want our players 2 play w the same passion w which he petforms
— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) July 31, 2012
Starting new yr the rt way. Watching my kids dancing 2my guy @pitbull 's live performance. Que rico!!Hope 2015 brings every1 health&happines
— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) January 1, 2015
— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) October 3, 2011
Martin and Pitbull (real name Armando Perez) share similar backgrounds, having both grown up as part of Miami’s Cuban community. And, lest you think that Martin is just your casual top-40 radio listener, his favorite songs include some deep cuts.
— Gamecock MBB (@GamecockMBB) July 22, 2014
Unfortunately, Pitbull is currently scheduled to perform at a pre-WrestleMania event on Saturday, the same day as the Gamecocks’ match against Gonzaga, so an appearance in Phoenix seems unlikely. However, should the Gamecocks make the title game, perhaps we could see Mr. Worldwide cheering on his biggest fan.
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