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South Carolina coach Frank Martin lands four-year extension

By The Sports Xchange

South Carolina coach Frank Martin was rewarded with a four-year contract extension on Friday after matching the school mark for victories in a season.

Martin reportedly received a $350,000 raise to boost his salary to $2.45 million next season. He is scheduled to make at least $2.7 million in 2021-22, the final year of the deal.

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The Gamecocks went 25-9 and tied the school standard set by the 1969-70 squad.

"My family, staff and I are so excited that we will continue to call Columbia, South Carolina, home," Martin said in a statement. "I am so thankful for all the players that have sacrificed so much in helping us to build our program for us to be given this opportunity. We are ecstatic and so thankful to continue to work hand-in-hand with our great leaders, Dr. Harris Pastides and Ray Tanner. Giving all of Gamecock Nation a championship basketball program is what we will continue to strive for."

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The biggest disappointment for South Carolina was a late-season slide that kept them from making the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks lost six of their final 10 games.

It was revealed Thursday that the NCAA initially told South Carolina it was part of the field on Selection Sunday. But 10 minutes later, the NCAA contacted the school to say it was a mistake.

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That decision relegated the Gamecocks to the NIT, where they were eliminated by Georgia Tech in the second round.

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"Our program has taken tremendous strides under Frank, and is in position to be an NCAA Tournament team," athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement. "Frank is building a winning culture and we are very excited to have him as the leader of our men's basketball program."

Martin has a 70-63 record in four seasons with the Gamecocks. He had a 117-54 record in five seasons at Kansas State before departing for South Carolina in 2012.

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