go to MSN.com
Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 11/19/14

We haven’t heard much from fiery coach Frank Martin this season, his first at South Carolina. That’s largely because the Gamecocks suck, thus eliminating any reason to pay him much heed. But on Thursday night we finally got some vintage Martin intensity precisely BECAUSE the Gamecocks suck. Following South Carolina’s 64-46 home loss to LSU, Martin delivered a press conference rant that was on a Jim Mora “Diddily Poo” level — only possibly even better, because he managed to fit in some Matt Foley-style motivational tactics to the rant. Here’s a link to the whole thing. We’ve provided you with the best excerpts below. MARTIN (possibly chewing on a Jolly Rancher): Ummm… I hadn’t seen the stats. Unbelievable. If you take Bruce Ellington off our team, you probably have 12 leading candidates for the Walking – what’s that movie called? – the Return of the Living Dead. The zombie movie. If you took Bruce off our team, our guys would probably win an Academy for their performance in that movie. I’ve been doing this for 28 years, nine of which was a junior varsity high school coach. That means I dealt with 14-year-olds. I’ve never been more embarrassed to call myself a basketball coach than I am today. (Reporter asks question) If this were the NBA, we’d take their money. We’d fine ‘em. We’d release ‘em and say “Good luck finding another job.” It’s not the NBA. We’re in education. So somehow, some way we’ve got to reach ‘em… No matter what your walk of life is, if you don’t have the word pride in your vocabulary, you’ve got no chance of sniffing success. I’m a lot of things. But I’ve got pride. I’m doing this right now out of respect to you and your jobs and it’s part of my job. But right now I’m so embarrassed. If this is the way my team plays, I should never coach basketball again. We lead the country in airball layups. If you can’t make layups, it’s hard to win. My assistant coach said right before the game, “I don’t like what’s going on right now. The locker room’s a morgue.” And that’s exactly what it was. If you’ve got no life for what you do, then you shouldn’t do it. If you have no passion for what you do, you shouldn’t do it. Right now we’re lifeless. You control who you are every day in life. If you walk around with your head down and your shoulders down, then you’ve got no chance at what you’re doing. You can’t expect 18- and 19-year olds to figure that out. Us guys that have been around, it’s our job to help them through it. REPORTER: Do you think you’ve lost these guys? MARTIN: If I’ve lost them, then they better disappear, because it’s going to be hard for them to be here next year if I’ve lost them 10 months into the job.

More from Rumors and Rants:
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dekker changes his Twitter to painful memory

Five best quarterback situations in the NFL

MLB players want to trade lives with Tom Brady

WATCH: Ohio State dog urinates on Michigan fire hydrant

Gregg Marshall is staying at Wichita State

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Bengals troll Browns with April Fools’ Day joke

Malcolm Jenkins on McCoy trade: Could've gotten more

Does Romo restructure pave the way for Peterson?

Todd Gurley: 2015 NFL Draft Profile

Colts' Robert Mathis hopes to be back by training camp

LeBron thought Kyrie was a ballhog when season started

Gus Malzahn not happy about Michigan satellite camp

WATCH: Kaman pushes CP3 after shot to groin

Kelly Olynyk helps Celtics to win despite eye injury

Report: Boston mayor furious over Olympics rumors

Ravens commit tampering violation, show it on Twitter

Lightning won’t sell playoff tickets to non-Florida residents

Brad Stevens dismisses Texas rumor

Albert, Costas and Michaels to work together for the first time

A’s closer buying tickets to fill stands at LGBT Pride Night

13 U.S. senators call on FIFA to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

The San Antonio Spurs are beautiful again

Auriemma blasts men’s college basketball: ‘The game is a joke’

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
RUMORS & GOSSIP

Dekker changes his Twitter to painful memory

Sam Dekker and the Wisconsin Badgers are back in the Final Four again in 2015, and somehow, they’ll be playing the same squad they did in 2014 – Kentucky. Last year’s contest went to the Wildcats, 74-73, after Aaron Harrison hit a game-clinching 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds to play. This year, Dekker is using how things ended in Arlington, Texas, as motivation. Dekker has changed...
Via College Spun
11 hours ago

Five best quarterback situations in the NFL

There won’t be too much of an argument about the top-five quarterbacks in the NFL. In no order, it’s obvious Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck and Drew Brees fall somewhere in that top five. This doesn’t mean the five teams these star signal callers suit up for have the best quarterback situations in the NFL. You have to take into account backup quarterbacks...
Via Sportsnaut
4 hours ago

MLB players want to trade lives with Tom Brady

Want more evidence Tom Brady’s life is a fairytale?   ESPN recently polled Major League Baseball players anonymously regarding several topics, including overrated/underrated players, World Series contenders and pace of play. It also asked some of the 117 respondents who they’d like to be in life, and the New England Patriots quarterback was a common answer. ESPN asked, ...
Via NESN.com
13 hours ago

WATCH: Ohio State dog urinates on Michigan fire hydrant

Ohio State fans – you may want to bookmark this page for future use. Earlier this week, Eleven Warriors posted a photo of a new Michigan-themed fire hydrant that had been installed outside Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Why, you ask, does it exist? For dogs to urinate on, of course. Tuesday night, The Columbus Dispatch released a video of the school’s executive...
Via College Spun
14 hours ago

Gregg Marshall is staying at Wichita State

Did Gregg Marshall’s agent pull a Jordan Cameron on everyone? About an hour after it was reported that Marshall was planning a trip to Alabama and that the Crimson Tide could pay him nearly $4 million per season, reports said Marshall had reached an agreement to stay at Wichita State. Gregg Marshall has reached a...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 hours ago

Bengals troll Browns with April Fools’ Day joke

April Fools’ Day is the time news aggregators dread most. It’s hard to discern what’s real and what’s fake. The Cincinnati Bengals had some fun and attempted to pull off a prank using the team’s Twitter account on Wednesday. They announced that they’d be unveiling a “new look” for 2015. The #Bengals will have a fresh new look for 2015: http://t.co/4pGr3MhaeA...
Via The Sports Daily
9 hours ago

Malcolm Jenkins on McCoy trade: Could've gotten more

The dust finally appears to be settling from the shocking LeSean McCoy trade and subsequent insane free agency frenzy but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some interesting remarks on the feisty NFL offseason. One of those remarks came from McCoy’s old Philly teammate, Malcolm Jenkins, who said Eagles players weren’t particularly surprised by the Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
16 hours ago

Does Romo restructure pave the way for Peterson?

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has agreed to restructure his contract to give the team more salary cap space, and already there has been speculation about Romo’s new deal freeing up room to acquire Adrian Peterson. Pro Football Talk reports that Romo’s restructure has created an additional $12.8 million in cap space for the 2015...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 hours ago

Todd Gurley: 2015 NFL Draft Profile

Todd Gurley was a highly rated high school prospect (7th rated RB for 247 sports) but he was overshadowed by future Georgia teammate Keith Marshall (who was the No. 1 ranked RB recruit for 247 sports) during the recruiting process. Gurley and Marshall were expected to play behind Isaiah Crowell during their freshman campaigns but Crowell couldn’t keep his act together and Gurley...
Via This Given Sunday
16 hours ago

Colts' Robert Mathis hopes to be back by training camp

Indianapolis Colts All Pro linebacker Robert Mathis is still recovering from an Achilles tear. Some expected the 2013 sack champion to not be back until November, but in an interview with Bill Polian on Serius XM NFL Radio, Mathis has a different plan. “It’s not going as fast as I would like to but we are getting well and we should be clicking in camp. That’s my plan unless...
Via cover32
17 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.