Univ. of South Carolina president Bob Caslen addresses offseason conversations with Frank Martin

Caslen: "This was a decision I think we collectively made, which was the best interest of the University"

Columbia, SC (WOLO) — Following the University of South Carolina’s decision to retain basketball coach Frank Martin last week, President Bob Caslen spoke to the media for the first time on the topic Wednesday.

At USC’s gathering to announce a new partnership with Major League Soccer, Caslen was asked about the offseason conversations with Martin.

“I talked to the athletic director (Ray Tanner) a lot,” said Caslen. “This was a decision I think we collectively made, which was the best interest of the University.”

Martin’s contract was extended last Friday by USC, which gave the basketball coach two more years on his current deal that has two years remaining.

South Carolina brass and Martin’s representation spent weeks going back and forth on an extension. the University was hesitant to re-work the contract after a 6-15 season that included multiple COVID-19 stoppages. Martin himself contracted COVID-19 twice. But after extensive conversations, USC gave Martin the extension he wanted, though didn’t agree to a buyout for Martin’s last two seasons on the contract. USC would owe nothing to Martin if the University decided to fire the basketball coach within those last two seasons.

When asked if USC was confident in Martin, Caslen responded,

“Frank’s contract was extended for two years, so that should give you the measure of confidence we have in him.”

Martin has been the head basketball coach at South Carolina since 2012.

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