Frank Martin pushes through personal tragedy during South Carolina basketball season

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The lack of leadership, poor offensive execution and bad on-ball defense pales in comparison to the other things that have made the last few months challenging for South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin.

At times, life is far more difficult than a 5-game losing streak.

“The season is the season. Whether you’re winning or losing, February is always a complicated month emotionally, because you’re trying to manage your team and you’re tired,” Martin said. “I’ve had some off-the-court stuff this year that’s just pummeled me, emotionally drained me, but the season is the season.

“The losing never helps. You have a little more wind in your sails when you’re winning than when you lose games in February, like we have.”

Martin, who spent more 30 minutes speaking with reporters on Monday morning, revealed that he lost two close friends at the end of 2017.

“I lost my Godson – got shot 11 times in late November,” Martin said. “Then one of my closest friends, who was my assistant coach – I saw his son born – was at work and right before Christmas, he was loading a truck at his job, the guy got into the truck, didn’t realize he was back there and just ran him over and killed him, so I’ve had some family stuff that I’ve deal with, too.

“Just stuff that you don’t plan on and you’re dealing with that and then dealing with the normal issues that you have with your team, it’s kind of beat me up a little bit, emotionally. … I’ve had some personal stuff, and we all have, it’s not like I’m the only one. It’s just that it’s kind of all happened at the same time, during the season in a year when we’ve got a lot more attention to pay to our guys, because we need to grow a little faster.”

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