Eye of the Hurricane

April 4, 2011

Miami Basketball Vacancy

Now that Frank Haith has left the team, the athletic director-less Hurricanes will have to search for a new head coach.

Yes, Shaka Smart is the hot coach right now, but Seth Davis of CBS got it right when he tweeted, “Miami fans dreaming of Shaka Smart can forget it. VCU is better job than Miami. Richmond fans care. Miami fans barely turn out for the Heat.”

VCU is Smart’s home until a job with more prestige than the Miami one arises.

The leading candidate is believed to be Frank Martin, the head coach of the Kansas State Wildcats.  Martin grew up in Miami and his parents are Cuban immigrants.  The 45 year-old coach would obviously fit in with the culture in Miami (no offense, Manhattan, Kansas) and has the potential to rejuvenate a lackluster program.  He comes from a school that, too, cares much more about its football team than its basketball team.

I’d like to see Shalala interview Bruce Pearl, as I think he has the right personality for the team and could get students excited about the team, but as far as perfect fits go–it might not get any better than Frank Martin, and that’s a good thing.


  1. Frank Martin would have to be crazy to come to the U — Perhaps K-State fans care a little bit more about football than basketball, but the disparity is not as wide as it is in Miami (UM football vs UM basketball). The K-State Wildcats always have a packed house for their basketball games. Can you say that about UM basketball? K-State have been to the NCAA tournament the last 3 years under Coach Martin. He has had very good recluting and is in a great place on the Big-12 Conference, which incidentally, will only have 10 teams next year, with the departure of Colorado and Nebraska. Coach Martin will continue to have winning seasons at Manhattan, Kansas, something that will take time at UM. I would love to see Frank Martin as the coach of the Hurricanes, but that is wishful thinking. He is NOT coming. I am sure of that.

    Comment by VILJ — April 4, 2011 @ 12:58 pm | Reply

    • Kansas State didn’t make the NCAA tournament in 2009.

      Also don’t understand how you can be “sure” of his not coming considering it’s been about twelve hours since the job opened. Do you have actual information or are you just speculating like the rest of us are?

      This has nothing to do with the calibers of the team. Kansas State is still going to have to beat Kansas, Texas, A&M, and Oklahoma every year. Miami will always have to beat Duke and UNC. Neither, in this respect, are in enviable situations in terms of conference.

      Martin worked from 1985-2000 in Miami at various high schools. It is undoubtedly his home, and I’ve got to think that this will influence his decision like it influenced Hocutt’s.

      Comment by eadeutsch — April 4, 2011 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

  2. Following a twelve-year absence, K-State returned to the NCAA tournament after the 2007–08 season, under first-year head coach Frank Martin. Following that season, Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley was named an All-American and Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. In the 2009–10 season, the team spent much of the year ranked in the Top 10 of the AP Poll and finished second in the Big 12 with an 11-5 record. The team received a #2 seed for the 2010 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, and beat North Texas, BYU and Xavier to advance to the Elite Eight. The season ended for Kansas State with a loss to Butler on March 27, 2010. As you can see, K-State DID make the NCAA tournament in 2009. They have made it the last three years. This year was with Jacob Pullen, a year before that was with Dennis Clemente and Jacob Pullen and before that one was the year with Michael Beasley. That covers the years of 2008,2009 and 2010 or if you want to count it differently, 2009, 2010 and 2011. As for me being “sure” of Martin not coming here, it is a matter of speaking. Of course I was speculating as everyone else. No one is sure of anything. I would be very surprised if he leaves K-State to coach Miami Basketball, but anything could happen. Miami is certainly not a college basketball town.

    Comment by VILJ — April 4, 2011 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

  3. I am not denying that Frank Martin may leave for Miami, but I have to disagree with you about your comment, “He comes from a school that, too, cares much more about its football team than its basketball team.” K-State fans care very much about their basketball team. That was proven during the 2009-2010 season when K-Sate hosted KU for College Game Day. However, before Bob Huggins, and now Frank Martin, came to K-State it was hard to get excited over the team’s below .500 seasons for 12 straight seasons. If you don’t believe me just ask the Kansas Jayahwk and Duke Blue Devil fans cocncerning their football programs.
    At any rate, it appears that things for the K-State men’s basketball program appear to be turning around. Hopefully, Frank Martin will stick around to see it through.

    Comment by Tim — April 4, 2011 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

    • After checking out the attendance stats for K-State, I’ll concede that point. Any team that sells out a home game against Presbyterian deserves a lot of respect.

      Comment by eadeutsch — April 4, 2011 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  4. I stand corrected on that issue. I still don’t think Frank Martin will leave K-State for Miami, although it is possible. Time will tell. Refer to this link from a column by Austin Meek who covers K-State for The Topeka Capital-Journal in reference to Coach Martin leaving for Miami. http://cjonline.com/blog-post/austin-meek/2011-04-04/decision

    Comment by VILJ — April 4, 2011 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  5. Frank Martin would certainly be the proverbial home run candidate. He’s the only really big name that we have any kind of a shot at though, and that’s only because of his ties to the city of Miami.
    I don’t see Bruce Pearl as a realistic possibility because, as we saw with Mike Leach and the head football coaching search, President Shalala doesn’t want to make a move that will accompany any form of negative PR.
    It would be impressive to reel in someone like Fran Dunphy, who has Temple in the tournament perennially and is only making $700,000 over there (although his age, at 62, might keep us away from him). The Golden factor might also help us out here. Another guy I like is Gregg Marshall out of Wichita State, who won the NIT this year and has consistently had the Shockers playing well.
    Just a couple of second-tier candidates to keep in mind in case we don’t hit the home run with Frank Martin.

    Comment by davidfurones — April 4, 2011 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

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