Colby Holmes: Ready for the Rubber Match?
The Sporting News: South Carolina pursuing Kansas State's Frank Martin for opening. The report by SN basketball reporter Mike DeCourcy that made Martin-to-SC a national story last night.
Phil Kornblut: Martin to USC news reverberates across the country. Phil is still standing by Sports Talk's reports from yesterday. Great video of Martin highlights set to Sweet Georgia Brown. Is USC ready for an in-your-face guy like Martin?
Spur of the Moment: Sporting News reports USC has asked Kansas State for permission to speak with Frank Martin. Darryl's take.
Dixie Fried Sports: Matt Barber has been furiously updating his Frank Martin Watch - check out all of the new entries at the bottom of the timeline.
Kansas City Star: Report: South Carolina asks to speak with K-State’s Frank Martin.
Wichita Eagle: South Carolina asks to speak with K-State’s Frank Martin. "Still, South Carolina raises a few eyebrows. Though it would allow Martin to move closer to his hometown of Miami, and put him in the SEC with life-long coaching friends Andy Kennedy and Anthony Grant, it is a job with little recent success. The Gamecocks fired Darrin Horn after they won 10 games and finished last in the SEC this season. K-State, by comparison, returns all but one scholarship player next season." Editorialize much there? The report does confirm Martin's current salary ($1.55m a year) and contract terms (through 2015) with KSU.
KWCH Wichita: South Carolina zeroes in on Frank Martin. "Martin is in New York this weekend for CBS Sports coverage of the NCAA Tournament. In a text message to several writers, Frank Martin said he hasn't talked to anyone and was enjoying a Broadway show in New York. Several media outlets reported Martin's departure from K-State or that he had interviewed for the position, but then deleted the stories from their websites and Twitter feeds." The situation is fluid, as they say.
Leftover Hotdog: True or False: Frank Martin Era Set to Begin at South Carolina?
Dave Cloninger: Again, USC spokesman confirms that no basketball presser has been scheduled for Sat., Sun., or Mon. Of course that can change on a moment's notice.
Heath Cline: The 107.5 The Game host confirms that there no press conference has been scheduled for today (and in any event, Hyman is in Fresno today, while Martin is doing TV for CBS) but also tweets that a "[r]espected national hoops writer tells me Martin "would take" SC. Like me, still not comfortable calling this a done deal." Heath is taking a cautious line, and additionally tweets: "And, for what it's worth, a rumor's making its way around the press room at a regional about an entirely different guy to SC. Patience." Good advice.
The Rubber Chickens: Tbone posts an Occasional Knowledge Dump; quote - "Tubby Smith is a great choice for South Carolina’s MBB coaching vacancy. In other news from 1998, There’s Something About Mary is hilarious, Dale Earnhardt (Senior) finally own the Daytona 500, and these cute little Beanie Babies are really gonna be worth something someday. " Hey, wait a minute - There's Something About Mary is still hilarious.
CBS Sports: Conversations with CBS Sports: Tommy Amaker. I didn't hear any discussion about Tommy taking another gig, but there's no doubt he'd be a great ambassador for USC - even though I'm worried that he wasn't able to get it done at Seton Hall or Michigan (and we'd be a bigger rebuilding project than either the Pirates or the Wolverines).
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Run by Gophers aids Smith's job security - The Strib is talking like Minnesota is going to give Tubby an extension.
Gamecocksonline: Florida Evens Series With 8-2 Win Over Gamecocks. First pitch today at 1:00 p.m.
Post & Courier: Five-run first inning haunts Gamecocks by Darryl Slater.
Gamecock Central: Gators take Game 2, set up rubber match by Dave Cloninger.
Baseball America: Friday Roundup: Gators Strike Back.
Gene Sapakoff: What’s the right Price? No. 2 starter or reliever?
Perfect Game: Kendall Rogers says the answer is obvious - Back to reality .
Post & Courier: New and improved Clowney?
Twitterverse: Should we be flattered or appalled by this news from Vegas? 15:1? Really?
***UPDATE: Myrtle Beach Sun - Pete Iacobelli of the A.P. writes - South Carolina’s offense has holes to fill through spring practice for football.
Gamecock Women's Hoops
The Daily Gamecock: Women's hoops to face top-seeded Stanford Saturday night . Tip-off tonight: 11:30 ET; TV - ESPN2.
Gamecock Anthem: Carolina face tall task in Stanford.
Gamecocksonline: NCAA Sweet 16 Press Conferences.
Kentucky Sports: Darrin Horn a 'huge' fan of Indiana's Crean. About USC - "There's not anything I would do differently, there really isn't. We just needed to win more games." Coach Crean has invited Coach Horn up to watch the Kentucky-Indiana game. "As for his next step, Horn said he was 'wide open' in terms of taking another head coaching job or possibly an assistant's position in a major program. 'Fortunately, I'm in a situation where I don't have to do anything right now,' he said. 'Whatever I do, wherever I go, I can tell you my top priority will be picking a program where you can win.'" A bit of a slap at us? Or just common sense?