OTC: Tim Brando Gets The Frank Martin/Miami Interview

"No one has called me, Tim. I’ve got a great job. I work with great people. … If people want to throw our name out there, I look at that as a compliment and I look at that as being lucky and fortunate that I’m in a good place right now and that people out there respect what we’ve done.”
Frank Martin, answering Tim Brando’s questions on his interest in the Miami job, Tim Brando Radio Show
GH: I grabbed these quotes from a write up by Austin Meek of the Topeka Capital Journal. Brando somehow got the interview with Martin that every local radio, TV and print media outlet should have been clamoring to get. Maybe Martin rebuffed local requests for interviews and instead went with a more national voice to air his somewhat noncommittal comments. But this is an interview that we needed done by someone locally. Getting beat by a national guy is not attractive.
“Leaves door very open.”
Sam Mellinger, on Frank Martin’s comments on Brando’s show, Twitter
GH: It is easy to read something into Martin’s comments or read nothing at all. It all depends a=on your perspective. Read on.
“But, I haven’t talked to anybody. In this business, it’s hard to ever sit back and say ‘never say never,’ because then you get called a liar. I have a tough time lying. It’s not what I do. But I’m extremely happy. I’m not going to tell you there’s never going to be change, but I’m at peace where I’m at right now."
Frank Martin, answering Tim Brando’s questions on his interest in the Miami job, Tim Brando Radio Show
GH: These words kick the door open a bit further. The Twitter world also links Martin’s name to the opening at UNLV. Things could get a bit more interesting as the week progresses.
“Miami can’t match K-State’s offer! I think this is a non-story.”
Kevin Kietzman, to a caller asking about the possibility of Frank Martin taking the Miami job, 810 AM
GH: As Frank so aptly stated – never say never.
"In my five years here (at KSU), I continue to learn about the incredible history and tradition of this basketball program. It’s our mission to continue to build it and hopefully be able to get back to the level it had once upon a time." 
Frank Martin, Tim Brando Radio Show
GH: Losing Martin would be a blow not only to K-State but also the Big 12. It appears to me he will be a hot property as college basketball salaries continue to escalate beyond KSU’s comfort level.
“If Lon Kruger had been hired Missouri fans would have been complaining about that too.”
Kevin Kietzman, to a Mizzou caller who would have preferred Kruger to Frank Haith, 810 AM
GH: Mizzou fans are complaining about Haith just to complain. His hiring was a bolt out of Hades for a fan base who thought Matt Painter was coming. I hear KK bending over backward when it comes to defending Mike Alden. It appears he has a special relationship with MU’s AD and he is vigilant to protect it from criticism.
“I think a lot of times Mike Alden tries to do things the right way instead of the tough hard-nosed way.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Watching Alden’s presser Monday night my reoccurring thought was that this guy does not exude confidence. His diminutive size leaves him physically underwhelming and his furtive, nervous speech patterns is not that of a leader. I think Alden is competent but not a front man. It is not difficult to understand why Lew Perkins owned him while he was at KU.
“I could be wrong, I don’t know. But this (Royals) team could surprise people. You’re gonna find out by the All-Star break. We’re going to be getting better and better and better.”
Ned Yost, in a preseason interview with Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: The Royals are 3-1 and I’m going to enjoy it as long as it lasts. I still have no idea how the Blue’s starting rotation can get through five innings a night but I was very impressed with the bullpen work over the weekend. Whatever happens, I’ll be watching, listening or sitting in the ball park for all 162 games.  
“It was a very fortunate weekend for the Royals. If there is anything negative, and I’m not just trying to find things negative, over the long course of the season there are just a certain number of games you just line up and win (easily). They didn’t really do that. They won three games in their last at bat. The Royals are not going to have the good fortune late in games they had this weekend. They’re not.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the Royals 3-1 start, 810 AM
GH: Does anybody else think KK needs a trip through Mission Hills?
“What do you think he’ll go for in our (Rotisserie) league?”
Soren Petro, discussing his baseball rotisserie draft with his coworkers, 810 AM
GH: Nothing bores me more than Petro’s penchant for talking about his Rotisserie Baseball league. He went through three Royals players and analyzing their worth to his private league before I switched over to Jim Rome. I’d rather listen to Fescoe’s Shanin & Parks Theater than RB.
“Not surprised at all by this Aqib Talib story. The single biggest dumbass I ever covered at Kansas – or anywhere, for that matter.”
Jason King, on the arrest of the former KU corner and his mom, YahooSports.com
GH: Wonder if Talib is related to Dwayne Bowe.
“We’re all shocked by this because Vrabel’s a veteran and he’s white. If you want to recklessly speculate on what happened, this is your forum.”
Nick Wright, on Vrabel being arrested for stealing beer from a casino, 610 AM
GH: I doubt we were “all shocked” that a white NFL veteran was nabbed for stealing brews. Wright loves to play the role of Jesse Jackson on his show but his white Barstow/Syracuse upbringing kind of damages his street cred.
“At this point I don’t want any more NFL labor updates unless it’s 1 guy tweeting he’ll smash a peer’s face in or that they have a deal.”
Jim Rome, Twitter
GH: Rack him!
“The whole idea of the George Brett Bridge came from then 61 Country General Manager Herndon Hasty.  I was privileged to be the master of ceremonies at the dedication.  I thought George’s opening comment on the bridge was a bit odd (the actual quote was "I always thought it was an overpass"), but that’s just George.  Given a 2nd shot, he probably would have chosen a different opening.  I’ll really miss opening day tomorrow and especially the days when both 61 Country and the Royals were on top.”
David Lawrence, Email
GH: Lawrence, a true KC radio legend, emailed me to give me some background on the George Brett Bridge after I referenced it in one of my OTC columns. Lawrence is now retired and living in San Antonio where he said he enjoyed seeing all the Jayhawk fans for the Elite Eight. I thought I’d share his comments with many of you who I know remember and enjoyed David’s work.
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11 Responses to OTC: Tim Brando Gets The Frank Martin/Miami Interview

  1. Cliffy says:

    I haven’t wasted so much time at work since the conference realignment saga.

    I watched a replay of Haith’s presser and was impressed. But … man!! Do some people hate Alden or what?! I’ve seen him speak in person and thought he handled himself very well. But put him in front of TV cameras and the term “flop sweat” comes to mind.

    Michael Coleman referred to him as “Matt Haith” the evening before last. Why am I not surprised? Who’s dumber … him or Fescoe?

    Jason King says Talib is the biggest dumbass he ever covered? Where were the stories back then, Jason? In the same file with the ticket office felons articles?

  2. John says:

    While I don’t think Martin will leave K-State for the U, the idea od him leaving for UNLV sounds interesting. It’s a team with a lot of history and Vegas seems like his kind of town. It would be a good fit.

  3. JP says:

    Just a reminder
    To K-State fans, we all remember a coach talking about how special Manhattan was, and how they were good to his family. The media speculated that he wouldn’t leave before finishing the job. That guy was Bob Huggins who bailed out of Manhattan after one year. I’m not saying Frank Martin is leaving (and don’t think he ultimately will), but I would be hesitant to take KK’s word. Mr. “Missouri’s going to the Big Ten” is not the final authority on this matter. I agree that Vegas is compelling as well, although with their problems from Tark still fresh, I am doubtful they go in that direction.

    BTW, enjoyed Greg’s smackdown on Petro. His show has become one of three topics: Rotisserie Baseball (and fantasy basketball etc.), plugging for whatever restaurant their gorging on and Whining about Missouri Basketball and why they are not at KU’s level. That is your typical Soren Petro Show today.

  4. dp says:

    Be shocked if Frank left
    -Martin to UNLV is a non-starter. For one, they don’t want to pay more than what they’ve been paying Lon Kruger which isn’t going to be enough to get Frank to move is family to Vegas. Plus they announced the BYU assistant and ex-player Reggie Theus are front-runners.

    -Martin has ties to Miami the city not the school, that is why is is nothing at all like Huggins and really any example of lazy reporting. Miami basketball is about the 15th most popular sport in that town. The Heat don’t sell out all their games….The U averages about 4,500 for hoops games. That’s worse than what MU will average next year. He says he loves K-State and that they were loyal to him when nobody else would give him a shot. Not to mention K-State just broke ground on a state-of-the-art practice facility and that he’s pretty much king of the town along with Snyder. Plus his contract is back-loaded and he’ll average $400K/year more if he stays until the contract expires (for an annual base of around $1.5M). Never say never, but I’d be shocked if he went to the U.

  5. Gavin says:

    Greg said:

    “Mizzou fans are complaining about Haith just to complain.”

    Greg, i’m not sure what you’re getting at here. Are you suggesting that Mizzou fans have no right or reason to complain about Haith? Would the “complain just to complain” if Alden had connected on Painter too? Or are you saying that after whiffing on Painter, Mizzou fans would be complaining about ANYONE Alden might have hired?

    And, Cliffy, those stories about Talib were out there. He was always getting suspended and Mangino had to deal with a ton of grief from that kid. Seriously, I think I recall, at least three suspensions. The only reason KU got Talib was because he was a knuckle- and pot-head from way back. He could have easily played at Texas or lots of other great schools, but KU heeded his talent badly enough that they were willing, for awhile at least, to take the headaches that came with him.

  6. Mr Brown says:

    No A.D
    Also, if I’m not mistaken, isn’t the U operating without an AD right now…Holcutt took the job at Tech and i don’t think they’ve hired anyone…Not sure if that’s a plus (you make your own rules) or a negative…you don’t don’t know who your “boss” is going to be

  7. bschloz says:

    *Best quote on Finals from buddy on the twit.
    “I don’t watch much sports, but I gotta say this is a crappy game. Guess ill try again in a few yrs.”

    *Favorite soundbite….Brad Stevens telling America how proud he is of his kids…how hard his kids have worked.

    *Shaka and Frank stay put….don’t think they want people snooping around. Both have lifetime jobs and loving it.

    *I’ll take the other not so crowded side of Frank Haith bet….I think he’s going to bring in some 1st tier dudes….coaching shmoaching—- you go get the studs and let them run—How much freaking coaching did Norm do when he had Sundvold, Peeler, DC…Swing the ball? Throw it inside.

    * “Whatever happens, I

  8. smartman says:

    Man Overbored
    Here’s how STUPID you have to be to waste any time, money or attention on the Old Roy-als. It’s like finding out your best friend has been banging your wife in the cooch and the poop-chute after she makes him breakfast every day when you’ve gone to work and then he comes over to your house, shits on your carpet and asks to borrow your car and $100.00 so he can take your daughter out and bang her too. Sorry I had to tell the story about your dad Harley-Jo but it is what it is.

    Frank Martin will never be a top-tier coach. Kids that love the stare and getting yelled at join the Marines or work the Taco Bell drive thru. Frank’s a straight up cunt. Even when his career is over he won’t be a Top 50 all time hoops coach.

    The MU mess is so bad Tiger Woods is starting to go by Eldrick again.

    The Japanese Prime Minister took time to send a letter of condolence to Governor Nixon.

    Nick Wright and “street cred” go together like Craig Glazer and monogamy. WTF Gregger?

    Finally, as I predicted the NCAA champ came from the BEAST The Big East, home of, (with all due respect), the biggah-niggah!

  9. Greg says:

    Needed a ? In that sentence, Gavin.
    Gavin, just to clarify, I was merely restating KK’s comment from above on the Mizzou fans complaining just to complain. I actually meant the opposite.

  10. MoCrash says:

    No hate on Haith
    A presser is sure to go awry when the subject is disingenuous. Alden’s declaration that the Mizzou job was offered to no one before Haith was so outright ridiculous — a nice little semantic dipsy-do by which a serious inquiry is somehow not the equivalent as an “offer” — that he had to be uncomfortable. He’s not that good of a politician.

    I guess Missouri is stuck with Haith, although he seems like a recruiter who couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag. While they may worry about the talent Haith might land, I suspect Self, Martin, Turgeon, Gillespie and several other quality Big 12 coaches — including Barnes, Haith’s former boss — are licking their chops at the prospect of playing against Haith. I hope he knows a first-class game coach he can attach to his hip to keep him out of trouble.

  11. Rainbow Man says:

    Miami Does Not Want Martin… That is a Bigger Story
    It costs 30K a year for an undergrad to go to the private school… University of Miami. It is consistently a top 50 academic institution. Now they have had some wild football history… but they can be choosy. If you check out the Miami version of The Pitch…. Martin is not a terribly well liked guy there. Sounds like he had to get the hell out of Dodge.

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