FRANK: I'VE BEEN A BAD COACH

MANHATTAN, Kan. - He said it multiple times during Saturday's postgame press conference following a 34-point win over Texas Tech. Frank Martin admitted to being a poor coach this year, and promised that those days were over. He said he had let the individual players down, and the fans who had been forced to watch the "nonsense" of the Wildcats' recent play.

Frank Martin offered this warning … this promise … following Saturday's 94-60 victory over Texas Tech: "The old Frank's back."

Overall, Martin said, "We needed to get back to doing things our way, and that's what we did. I enjoyed the heck out of the team that played tonight.

"We haven't played with that enthusiasm and energy since I would say Gonzaga," Martin said of KSU's 81-64 win on Nov. 22, in Kansas City.

"You ask the guys, but we had the old Frank back at practice yesterday. If we were going to change and get better, it had to start with me."

After the impressive 34-point victory over Texas Tech Saturday, Martin was shouldering all the blame for K-State's play taking a chapter out of a speech he had made to nearly 800 Wichita public school teachers on what he expects as a coach today, and as a teacher 15 to 20 years ago in the Miami school system.

1) Be on time;
2) Be prepared mentally and physically;
3) Gimme what you got.

Martin's message to the educators was this: "Kid's haven't changed, but it's adults that have changed. Our lack of demanding is what's changed."

That was this past August.

Fast-forward five months into the middle of this 2010-11 basketball season with the 1-2, 13-5 Wildcats heading into today's 4:30 tipoff at Missouri, and Martin's message is the same in trying to right K-State's ways in the Big 12 Conference.

"Today you hear that kids are different. Kids aren't different," Martin insisted. "It's adults accepting less from kids that's changed. That's my job. Not to accept less and to work on making them better.

"It's my job to get five guys on the floor on the same page," said Martin. "Obviously, I haven't done a good job of doing that."

Martin continued, "I constantly tell you that kids are kids, and they want discipline, they want structure and they want leadership. I fell in the same trap that some teachers and parents do, which is something I can't stand. That's being an adult that is allowing kids to fail. That's what I've been doing."

He then apologized to everyone willing to listen for the "nonsense that they've been watching" with this current basketball team that had gone just 3-3 prior to Saturday's win.

"We need to get back to doing things our way."

Prior to Saturday, it was Jacob Pullen who said, "We have guys doing one thing, and then two or three not knowing what they're doing. It comes back to haunt us in every game."

To that, the Wildcat coach said he wasn't going to point fingers, except at himself.

"I'm not into blaming people. I'm into fixing problems," said Martin. "I don't criticize people for a living. I try to help people for a living and teach people for a living."

A former mathematics teacher, Martin continued, "My focus is on solving problems. It's my job to figure this out. They (players) don't know any better … they're kids. It's my job to get them through this. We just haven't dealt with adversity real well."

Saturday, K-State made sure that there was no adversity to deal with jumping out to a 10-4 lead and never looking back.

Of KSU's recent play, Martin said, "That's on me. I've done a bad job of coaching. I did a pretty good job early, but then I let this team down and that's not going to happen again."

K-State is facing the toughest two-week portion of its schedule beginning Monday at Missouri, and continuing Saturday at Texas A&M, back home to play Baylor on Jan. 24, and then to Kansas on Jan. 29.


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