MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. — 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.
Its unfortunate. I am not going to sit here and tell you, Well, its the landscape of todays sport. No, it shouldnt 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.
Martin was almost knocked out of Tuesdays 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 SECs decision to add two more permanent rivals to each teams conference schedule. Each team already has one permanent rival. South Carolinas is Georgia, and Martin is unsure which teams the Gamecocks will add.
That has not been decided yet, he said. Ive got opinions on who Id 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.