Frank Martin proved again Friday morning why he’s one of the classiest coaches in college sports.
The South Carolina coach had a down year with the Gamecocks after leading his team to the Final Four a year ago, but that didn’t stop him from congratulating his old program, Kansas State, on surprisingly advancing to the Elite Eight on Thursday.
Thx @KStateMBB for posting the video of Ernie Barrett in the locker room. It made me emotional. I know what beating Kentucky meant to him.
Great stuff by Coach Bruce Webber and all of his guys.
Really happy for K Staters everywhere.
U guys got this
— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) March 23, 2018
Following the 2012 season, Martin parted ways with the Wildcats after clashing with then-Kansas State AD John Currie. But Martin is one of the most successful coaches in K-State history — made four tournaments in five years and never won fewer than 21 games — so congratulating the Wildcats is a very nice gesture.
As for the Ernie Barrett video referenced — that’s an even better story. Here’s the emotional video Martin was speaking of:
— K-State Men's Basketball (@KStateMBB) March 23, 2018
Barrett was on Kansas State’s 1951 national runner-up team that lost to Kentucky in the championship game. Defeating those same Wildcats almost 70 years later is a special feat.
“This meant something to us, because of Ernie Barrett,” K-State guard Mike McGuirl told the Wichita Eagle’s Kellis Robinett after the game. “This isn’t a regular postseason matchup, even though it was a game to advance to the Elite Eight. It meant something extra, because it was K-State vs. Kentucky. We had never beaten them all-time.”
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