Frank Martin weighs in on Shaw, Ringer transfers

jkendall@thestate.comMay 28, 2014 

South Carolina coach Frank Martin


— South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin did not want to go into much detail on the offseason transfers of Jaylen Shaw and Desmond Ringer.

“They made decisions. It is what it is,” he said. “They are great kids. I enjoyed coaching them tremendously. Great families. Just a situation where they wanted more.

“After the season, in our meetings, one-on-one, decisions were made.

“It’s unfortunate. I am not going to sit here and tell you, ‘Well, it’s the landscape of today’s sport.’ No, it shouldn’t be like that, but it happened. They have to be at a place where they have happiness, and we have to be in a place where we are always recruiting to prepare for those types of moments.”

Laying low

Martin was almost knocked out of Tuesday’s meeting by a back spasm that kept him on the floor of his hotel room for 20 minutes, he said.

He was back up and about Wednesday and discussing the SEC’s decision to add two more permanent rivals to each team’s conference schedule. Each team already has one permanent rival. South Carolina’s is Georgia, and Martin is unsure which teams the Gamecocks will add.

“That has not been decided yet,” he said. “I’ve got opinions on who I’d like to play.”

The announcement of the new permanent rivals will come in the fall, Slive said. The change will take effect in the 2015-2016 season.

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