South Carolina achieved one of its greatest seasons in school history this year and the school rewarded coach Frank Martin with a four-year extension that lasts through 2022, according to The State’s David Cloninger.
The contract extension includes a handsome raise from $2.1 million to $2.45 million next season and his buyout was upped to $4.8 million after next season and $3.5 million the year after that, per Cloninger.
Martin has been the architect of a steady rebuild in Columbia, S.C., that started during 2012-13 season. South Carolina’s win total has increased from the previous year during each of Martin’s four seasons and the rebuild culminated with a 25-9 record last season. Last year’s 25 wins are tied for the most in a single season in program history.
The Gamecocks started the season 15-0 and were ranked as high as No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25. It was the first time the program had even cracked the poll since the 2003-04 season.
The season ended on an extremely disappointing note, however. The Gamecocks went 10-9 after their perfect start and ultimately missed the 2016 NCAA Tournament entirely despite receiving notifcation on Selection Sunday that they had received an invitation to the big dance. South Carolina settled for an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament and were bounced in the second round by Georgia Tech, 83-66.
Despite the disappointing conclusion, Martin has proven to be the right guy for a once-fledgling program. The arrow is pointing up for South Carolina.