“Answer the fucking question, asshole!”
Frank Martin, head basketball coach at South Carolina, screaming at one of his players during a timeout in the Florida at South Carolina game
GH: South Carolina suspended Martin for this weekend’s game at Mississippi State – probably because his embarrassing outburst was caught on video and quickly shared via Twitter and the web. None of this is news to Big 12 or SEC basketball fans. Martin has made an ass of himself going back to his days as an assistant coach at K-State under Huggins. What is new is that his boss this time has decided to make him accountable and suspend the bully.
“You know what I call (Frank Martin calling his player an asshole)? Every time out in Manhattan, Kansas! You know what I call that? Every time out in Columbia, South Carolina! So why hire Frank Martin? That is Frank Martin’s coaching style.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: The AD who hired Martin is no longer at South Carolina. So Petro’s question has little bearing. Petro seems to think since this is how Martin has acted in the past, it’s USC’s fault. Why would Petro blame the school instead of the bully? Read on…
“Hopefully he will learn from it and grow from it. … I love Frank Martin, the guy. I love him. I do believe Frank Martin has the kids’ best interest at heart.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Frank Martin is a magician at manipulating the media and those best equipped to hammer away at his ridiculous sideline deportment. Martin had media dupes like Petro and Nick Wright licking his custom-made purple cowboy boots when he was at K-State. Unfortunately, it appears he still does.
“Being away from Frank Martin changes my perspective. You would think so positively about Frank Martin as a husband, as a father, as a friend, as a coach. You would see so much good, sometimes you don’t even notice the language that is going on and the outbursts that occur. … But then you step back and you say, ‘Wait a second.’ You start thinking of what people’s impressions are of the words that are coming out and the look in his eyes and you can see where this doesn’t play.”
Stan Weber, when asked his opinion of Martin being suspended by USC, 810 AM
GH: When Stan Weber questions the actions of a beloved ex-KSU coach, you can bet that coach deserves questioning.
“I heard Stan Weber say you can’t use that coaching style anymore. When did that cross the line? … I think it’s hypocritical of South Carolina. If he had 20 wins it wouldn’t happen. If he wins, it’s okay.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Petro went on to chastise the action of some student who ran onto the court last night to scream in the face of the Hawaii coach. Petro found the actions of this idiot college kid far more offensive than anything Frank Martin has done. “If I have been a player on that team that kid would be missing some teeth,” declared Petro. What a tough guy, huh?
“Didn’t (Bill Self) essentially (take the spotlight from his seniors) by turning this (Senior Night) into the Harbaugh Game? … The question is in doing so did (Self) go back on his word – and I’ll read it exactly. ‘Our fan base would be disappointed if we did something that took away from one of the great traditions of our basketball season. And that is Senior Night.’”
Kevin Kietzman, while talking to KUSports.com’s columnist, Tom Keegan, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman obviously is bored into a state of preposterousness down covering spring training in Arizona. He has spent much of his time in Arizona throwing some of the most bizarre bullshit up against the wall hoping any of it will stick. None has – especially his goofy tirade against Bill Self going back on his word by having Harbaugh at Allen Fieldhouse for Senior Night. KK tried to lure LJW’s Tom Keegan into his nuttiness but Keegan refuse the invite. Read on.
“Well, I was at the game and I didn’t even see Harbaugh. … During the game it really wasn’t a big deal at all.”
Tom Keegan, columnist for Lawrence Journal-World, in an interview with Kietzman about KK’s issue with Self allowing Harbaugh to be at KU’s Senior Night, 810 AM
GH: Keegan sounded like he wanted to be polite with KK’s craziness but at the same time he was dumbfounded by Kietzman’s line of questioning…
“Did Jim Harbaugh add to and make Senior Night or was he a distraction?”
Kevin Kietzman, querying Keegan, 810 AM
“I think he added to it. I don’t see how it would detract from it, really. Harbaugh wasn’t part of the night. He was part of the practice (before the game). That’s just adding to publicity Kansas gets. I don’t think it’s adding at the expense of any of the seniors.”
Tom Keegan, columnist, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman is suffering from what I like to call having to cover practice and cactus while at spring training. He appears to think he MUST create a controversy or have a sexy story every day from 2 PM to 4 PM – and when there’s no such thing he just makes one up. I guess that isn’t all that different from his typical Between The Lines show.
“I can’t tell you whether (Hosmer) was on the bag or not.”
Kevin Kietzman, on a play in Wednesday’s spring-training game where Kietzman believed the Royals first baseman may have lifted his foot off the base prematurely, despite the umpire calling the runner out, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman tried to make Hosmer’s foot his point of emphasis on his Wednesday show from Arizona. KK hounded on this point for two days – bleeding off into both The Border Patrol and The Program as well.
“I’m a hundred percent sure! I saw it!”
Kevin Kietzman, on the questionable play by Hosmer pulling his foot earlier in the game, after Jack Harry challenged him about what he saw, 810 AM
GH: Jack Harry was not in Arizona with Kietzman and the distance between the two appeared to give Mad Jack some much needed courage to stand up to KK. He pushed Kietzman to reverse his earlier statement by goading him and picking at his credibility. In other words the two changed roles for this week.
“(Hosmer) does it a lot. I just think he thinks it’s cool. … I think he knows he’s off the bag. I think he thinks it’s cool! He’s a showman! He’s clearly a hotdog!”
Danny Clinkscale, on Eric Hosmer prematurely pulling his foot off of first base after receiving a throw from an infielder, 810 AM
GH: Of course Danny was lockstep in line with Kietzman and the deadly foot-pulling controversy.
“(Ned Yost) was trying to pull a bunch of bull on me and tell me the mob was involved and Vegas! He wouldn’t even give me the names! … If he’s down there trying to pull pranks on me and telling me about the mob, he’s not taking it that seriously.”
Kevin Kietzman, after Jack Harry suggested he ask Ned Yost about his concerns about the video replay duo the Royals have chosen, 810 AM
GH: This was another non-story that KK tried his damndest to make a story. What was entertaining about this attempt was that Jack harry literally laughed at him for this lame game. KK does not liked to be made fun of – ask Scott Pioli – but Jack refused to be pulled into the nonsense. Read on.
“It’s not a big deal to me. It really isn’t. They’re going to sit and look at a monitor, right? That’s not that big a deal is it who sits in there? If they’re paying attention to what’s going on? I don’t know, Kevin. You don’t need a pedigree to do something like that. Who do you have to be to make that call? You’re looking at the TV! It’s not a big deal, Kevin. It’s really not.”
Jack Harry, 810 AM
“I’m not even making a comment that the Royals are doing anything wrong here (with their video replay personnel)!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: One of Kietzman’s favorite ploys is to state the exact opposite of what we are actually hearing him do. Read on…
“Don’t just go grab somebody and say, ‘Go do it.’ That’s what this feels like. … I guarantee you that what the Royals are doing with two bullpen catchers monitor instant replay challenges, someday – years from now – we will look back and laugh. … I’ll bet you right now the Royals are in the bottom-third of the league in things challenged. They’re not embracing it.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: But KK’s not saying they’re doing anything wrong here.
“This manager is clearly not interested in a non-baseball person helping him.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Sounds like KK is ready to put Yost in the same place he likes to keep his dislike for Pioli.
“Honestly, it feels kind of like a road game. It’s not familiar territory for us.”
Kareem Richardson, UMKC’s head basketball coach, when asked by the Roos play-by-play voice, Steven Davis, what he thought of playing a home game at the Independence Events Center, 810 AM
GH: UMKC beat Seattle last night and has a game with Idaho coming up. I have no interest in UMKC playing in the WAC. Idaho? Seattle? The Roos need to find a way to get into the Missouri Valley and play conference games that are in the same time zone.
“I guess if they do what they’ve done all year they’ll go win the game (at Tennessee) by 12 points. … It is going to take one of Missouri’s better efforts of the year. To know (Missouri) is in (the NCAA tournament), win at Tennessee and win two (in the SEC tourney).”
Gabe DeArmond, on the Mizzou basketball team doing the opposite each game of what most have expected this season, 810 AM
“I don’t think (KU’s) defense travels like it should. I don’t think they play as good of defense on the road.”
Rustin Dodd, KU beat writer for The Star, 810 AM
GH: Dodd mentioned that KU seems to feed off their home crowd to ratchet up their defensive effort. There are no home crowds in the NCAA tourney, Hawks.
“I don’t necessarily view this as a must-win year for (the Royals).”
Buster Olney, ESPN MLB analyst, in his weekly conversation with The Border Patrol, 810 AM
GH: Buster doesn’t live in Kansas City, does he?
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