Chat with Frank Martin
Martin won the 2009-10 Big 12 Coach of the Year.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, Kansas State head men's basketball coach Frank Martin stops by to chat about the early part of the season.
Martin is in his fifth season with the Wildcats, having won at least 20 games in each of his first four years in Manhattan, Kan. In his team's fifth game this season, Martin hit the 100-win plateau for his coaching career, all having come with Kansas State.
Send your questions now and join Martin Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (9:54 AM)
Coach Frank Martin will be here in minutes to take your questions!
Buzzmaster (10:00 AM)
Coach is here!
Coach, how do you think this year is going so far?
Frank Martin (10:01 AM)
It's been going good. It's been daily growth from a young team and asking new guys to be leaders. It's been going well. We're a defensive stop from being undefeated.
Coach, the football team did great this season....can we expect the same from the hoops team too?
Frank Martin (10:02 AM)
I need to ask a prophet that question as to what March will bring. We'll work at it. We're extremely proud of our football team. Coach Snyder and I stand up for the same values. We don't know what the future holds from a winning and losing standpoint, but we will try to live up to the best of our abilities.
How do you see the Big 12 shaping up this season?
Frank Martin (10:03 AM)
The Big 12 is going to be like it always is, tough as nails top to bottom. It's got great coaches, great players and unbelievable venues. Kansas and Texas have always been our featured programs in that league. They continue to be big time programs. The rest of us have gotten better and more prepared to represent our league.
Frank, how good can Thomas Gipson be for you guys this year? Just a freshman yet looking like a senior.
Frank Martin (10:04 AM)
He's making a bunch of mistakes, yet his desire to be a good players, his willingness to be coached and his fearlessness attitude has allowed him to play real well this early in the year. I'm excited to coaching him every day because of his daily approach.
How do you think this conference realignment will affect the basketball landscape of hte league?
Frank Martin (10:06 AM)
I think our league will continue to be extremely strong. Obviously Missouri and AM have brought a lot of success to our league, with them leaving and adding West Virginia, you have a team that's been to the Final Four and a hall of fame coach. In TCU, you have an up and coming program and a school that's fully committed to making it an elite program.
Jeff Boxer (Denver CO (grew up in the Lil' Apple))
Can we get a reality show about the Coach going?Additionally, I would love to hear anything he is willing to share about his relationship with Coach Snyder.
Frank Martin (10:06 AM)
My life for the last 26 years has been a reality show, in education. If cameras want to come in and follow teachers around, it would make our world a better place to live.
Frank Martin (10:07 AM)
My relationship with Coach Snyder is awesome. From our first day on campus, he would watch us practice from beginning to end. He's allowed me to use him as a sounding board and he's become a friend.
What are your feelings on Mizzou leaving the conference?
Frank Martin (10:08 AM)
I was sad. They are one of the Big 6, 7, 8 schools and eventually the Big 12 schools. I'm sad that they left. I understand that everybody has to make difficult decisions to do what's best for them. It's unfortunate, but I wish them well.
Bill H (New Jersey)
Coach. Obviously, the Xavier-UC fight has taken the focus off the season and has lead to alot of discussion about moving "rival" games to nuetral sites, to avoid the potential of having another large scale incident. In your opinion, does the Xavier-UC fight become the basis for change or will this incident simply just "pass" with time?
Frank Martin (10:09 AM)
It's unfortunate. We ask kids to compete at a high level and to be tough, but there's no place for those actions in college basketball. As a coach and a friend of both of those coaches, I was embarrassed for our sport.
The KU vs. K-State rivalry has always been amazing. Do you think it will intensify now that Mizzou is leaving the conference?
Frank Martin (10:10 AM)
Obviously, we're the only two schools in a BCS conference status in our state. So there's a normal life long rivalry there. The reason our game has become more of a rivalry again, it's because we've won a couple of times. It's hard to say you're a rival when you've lost 20-something times. Now it should make it into a better rivalry as we move forward.
How has the leadership of Spradling and McGruder, in practice and games, affected the young players
Frank Martin (10:11 AM)
They've been tremendous. For two guys that are accepting that for the first time, they've been phenomenal. They're growing into their roles. My job is to make it easier for them and grow as team leaders and have our team continue to find success.
Coaxh who is the hardest worker on this years team?
Frank Martin (10:12 AM)
We want to be known for at KState is we collectively approach our jobs and do them as well as we can every day. Not three times a week, but every day. Our guys all compete against each other and do that consistently.
Are you on the Tebow bandowagon?
Frank Martin (10:13 AM)
I've been on the Tim Tebow bandwagon since he was in high school. Life is about succeeding and not about how you look. He has found success everywhere he has been. We need to stop worrying about what he looks like and look at what he gets done.
Just for the record, there is no other coach in the Big 12 I would rather see on the sideline coaching against Bill Self than you.
Frank Martin (10:15 AM)
Thank you. What makes the Big 12 such a fun league to coach in is that every night you're dealing with a team that's prepared at an unbelievable level. It challenges you a coach so that you can have your team to be ready to go against the Bill Selfs, Rick Barnes, etc.
Frank Martin (10:15 AM)
Thank you for joining us. Thank you for following us at KState and the Big 12. Let's go have another great year.