Frank Martin led South Carolina to the Final Four for the first time in school history last spring, and now he wants more.
“I’ve got an itch like never before to coach on Monday night,” Martin said Monday on the College Hoops Today Podcast in reference to coaching in the national title game. “I’ve scratched that Saturday itch by coaching in the Final Four, and now I’ve got an itch to coach on Monday night. I’m more determined than I’ve ever been in coaching.”
The Gamecocks, who were 26-11 and a No. 7 seed, fell to No. 1-seeded Gonzaga 77-73 in the Final Four. South Carolina lost its entire perimeter — P.J. Dozier, Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice — from last season.
South Carolina does return two front-court starters in Maik Kotsar and Chris Silva.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.