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South Carolina suspends head coach Frank Martin for season finale

The University of South Carolina, on March 6, suspended head coach Frank Martin for the Gamecocks regular season finale against Mississippi State for harsh language aimed at his players during 72-46 home loss to top-ranked Florida on March 4.

The University of South Carolina, on March 6, suspended head coach Frank Martin for the Gamecocks regular season finale against Mississippi State for using inappropriate  language during South Carolina's loss against Florida/
The University of South Carolina, on March 6, suspended head coach Frank Martin for the Gamecocks regular season finale against Mississippi State for using inappropriate language during South Carolina's loss against Florida/Photo by Lance King/Getty Images

"The one-game suspension is a result of inappropriate verbal communication as it relates to the well-being of our student-athletes," South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said on March 6.

During the game against the Gators, Martin was seen cursing out two of his players on separate occasions. Both of his profanity laced tirades were caught on camera. Martin’s late game tirade – aimed at freshman point guard Duane Notice – went viral while his other tirade, also in the second half, was directed at forward Michael Carrera.

South Carolina pried the 47-year old Martin, to help rebuild the Gamecock program, away from Kansas State with a six-year contract following the 2011-12 season. Martin made four NCAA tournament appearances in five seasons at Kansas State.

Martin has made steady progress with the Gamecocks (11-19, 4-13 SEC), who are looking to close the regular season with five straight victories. South Carolina beat a ranked opponent for the first time in three seasons with a 72-67 win over then-No. 17 Kentucky on March 1.

The Gamecocks have seven freshmen on their roster.

Associate head coach Matt Figger will take over for Martin against Mississippi State