Martin Moving Up In The Little Apple

By Josh Herwitt - April 16, 2008

When Frank Martin was named Kansas State's new head coach after Bob Huggins left Manhattan, Kan., for his alma mater West Virginia, Wildcat fans weren't sold on a guy whose experience went only as far as an assistant.

But with freshman All-American phenom Michael Beasley punishing opponents on both ends of the floor, Martin rejuvenated a K-State program by becoming just the second rookie coach in school history to lead his team to the NCAA Tournament.

There the No. 11-seeded Wildcats captured their first tournament win in 20 years, taking down O.J. Mayo and USC before losing to No. 3 seed Wisconsin in the second round, but that was still enough for Martin to earn a five-year contract Wednesday that will keep him with Kansas State through the 2011-12 season.

Martin's base salary stands at $180,000, but with TV, radio and internet appearances, shoe and apparel sponsorships along with other services, his total compensation package will come out to $760,000 and include a contract that is retroactive to the 2007-2008 season.

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 11:19 AM on April 16, 2008

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