go to MSN.com
Found February 15, 2013 on Rumors and Rants:

Via Rumors And Rants:

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:
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Cari Champion Says "****" on ESPN First Take (Video)

Cari Champion has to deal with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith everyday on ESPN First Take, so she's bound to slip up every once in a while.  The host got a little mixed up earlier today when she was addressing the South Carolina Gamecocks and screamed "****" when trying to correct herself.  She then laughed and said "That's a nice word to say Cari."...

Frank Martin shreds his South Carolina Gamecocks in calmest manner possible

South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Frank Martin shreds his team during a press conference, but somehow manages to keep his cool throughout.

Tide Tries To Keep Gamecocks Struggling

One of the staples of coach clichés is that when his team loses, it can’t wait to get back onto the court or field. South Carolina doesn’t have to wait long. The Gamecocks lost at home to LSU, 65-46, on Thursday night.

Steve Spurrier equates Alabama to the Yankees, says ‘wouldn’t want to play for them’

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told reporters he would not want to play for Alabama, basically because the Tide is 'too good'.

Lattimore “cool with rule,” thinks Clowney is too

After suffering a knee injury against Tennessee in October, Marcus Lattimore says he is “cool” with the NFL rule that wouldn’t allow him to enter last year’s draft because he hadn’t been out of school for three years (Credit: AP Photo) In October, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore suffered an awful injury to his knee during a game against Tennessee. The injury...

Gamecocks Basketball: Open Letter to Coach Frank Martin

No doubt the South Carolina men's basketball team is struggling and one could only imagine the frustration that Coach Frank Martin is going through. However, one thing is certain and that is we, the fans, must continue to support our beloved Gamecocks. So in that spirit, here is a open letter to Coach Martin: Dear Coach, Hope this letter finds you doing well. Love...

Steve Spurrier Says Jadeveon Clowney Won’t Quit On South Carolina

This has been the week dubbed what should Jadeveon do.  Pundits and experts have all referenced their reasoning for why Clowney should sit this season out to avoid injury. The only thing is Clowney himself hasn’t spoken or hinted at such an idea.  According to his head coach Jadeveon Clowney is focused on the 2013 season and won’t be quitting on his Gamecock teammates per...

Six reasons why Jadeveon Clowney WON’T to sit out 2013

Many congratulations, Tom Sorenson. You wrote an article about why Jadeveon Clowney should sit out the 2013 season, and you set yourself alight in the Twittersvere, the Facebookvere, and certainly, in the SEC. In his article, Sorenson basically said that he should sit out South Carolina's 2013 season, because a) if it was any other sport, he'd be professional by now, and...
Gamecocks 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!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

A's acquire Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes for Yoenis Cespedes

What will likely be the biggest deal of MLB’s trade deadline, the Boston Red Sox have traded staff ace Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics. Lester, who is set to become a free agent following this season, couldn’t agree to a long-term extension with the team. What was an innevitability leading up to deadline day is now a reality.  #RedSox just traded Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes...
Via Sportsnaut
4 hours ago

Ray Rice: ‘My actions that night were totally inexcusable’

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice addressed the media Thursday regarding his assault charge. “My actions that night were totally inexcusable. That night, I’m just (gonna) put it this way, that night I just replay over and over in my head. That’s not me. My actions were inexcusable. That’s something I have to live with the rest of my life,” Rice said. Rice apologized...
Via Sports-Glory
1 hour ago

Report: Rehabbing Matt Harvey still wants 'one inning' in 2014

Once again Matt Harvey said he's ready to take the next big step in his rehab and get onto the mound this season — during a game.The Mets ace — who has been cleared begin throwing from a mound in Port St. Lucie next week for the first time since rehabbing from Tommy John surgery last October, wants a real game stint, according to the N.Y. Post.It's a song and dance...
Via The Other Paper
6 hours ago

NBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner Tanya Stine

Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Palmer says she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007. She has not tried to keep her sexuality a secret from the league since that time. “This is actually the big formal coming out,” Palmer said. “We are saying to the world...
Via NESN.com
3 hours ago

Cavs reportedly the only team engaged in Love trade talks

Since the return of LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been talking to the Minnesota Timberwolves about Kevin Love. The Cavs have been in discussion to land Kevin Love to pair with James and Kyrie Irving. Over the past several weeks, there have been talk of the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors engaging in the trade talk for Kevin Love. But, ESPN is reporting that...
Via Waiting For Next Year
4 hours ago

Dodgers won’t trade Matt Kemp before deadline

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been extremely active in trade talks as the trade deadline draws closer to passing, but they will not be trading star outfielder Matt Kemp prior to the deadline. According to a report from Mark Saxon, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has said that he will not trade Kemp. This is a very big piece of news after the rumors that have been circulating...
Via Sports-Glory
8 hours ago

Did Dustin Johnson pull out of tourney to hang with Paulina?

Dustin Johnson, the No. 16-ranked player in the world, pulled out of this week’s Bridgestone Invitational, a $9 million World Golf Championships event held at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Johnson reportedly cited the reason for his withdrawal as “personal,” according to Ohio.com, but a photograph posted by fiancée Paulina Gretzky to her Instagram […] The post Did...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago

New study reveals which NFL teams have best fan bases

The Pittsburgh Steelers have the best fan base in the National Football League. That’s not me saying it—it’s science. Or at least analytics. The Sports Marketing Analytics project, conducted out of Emory University, has published the results of their latest study, which finds that the Steelers topped the list in 2014 in terms of what […] New Study Confirms The Best Fan Base...
Via Steelers Depot
1 day ago

Dez Bryant upset over teammate's new deal?

Dez’s wants to get paid. Dez’s numbers dictate that he should be paid like a Top 5 wide receiver in the NFL. Cowboys give a teammate almost $100 million extension. Dez is happy for his teammate. Congrats 77 well deserved #CowboysNation — Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 30, 2014 Dez’s allegedly isn’t happy though his deal isn’t getting done any time soon and his frustrations...
Via BlackSportsOnline
22 hours ago

Browns actually impressed by Manziel's work ethic?

The Cleveland Browns are reportedly impressed by Johnny Manziel’s work ethic. No, seriously. Despite his offseason partying, the Browns’ first round pick (No. 22 overall) has brought a “first-in, last-out mentality” to training camp, according to NFL Network’s Charley Casserly. Photo Credit: ClevelandBrowns.com Casserly was told by multiple team sources that Manziel is...
Via Gridiron Grit
18 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.