South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin and some of his players were sick at the Final four in Phoenix. After the Gamecocks bowed out with a loss to Gonzaga, Martin stayed in bed from Sunday night through Tuesday.
He then helped sophomore guard P.J. Dozier with his decision to enter the NBA Draft, and also helped assistant coach Matt Figger, who had just been named the head coach at Austin Peay. It wasn't until his wife, Anya, came to him and asked if he was ever going to do anything with the family outside of basketball that Martin realized he needed to step away.
During his children's spring break, Martin and his family went to Grand Cayman for a mini-vacation, and it was then that he was finally able to reflect on South Carolina's historic season.
Upon returning to the States, Martin signed a contract extension that keeps him in Columbia through the 2022-23 season.
"Why leave happiness?" Martin stated at his end-of-the-season press conference on Tuesday. "This past year was fun. Unbelievable. But we have a lot of work to do.
"There's not a dollar figure in the world that can bring happiness to a man. I'm in a real good place right now."
Thanks to South Carolina's incredible run this past March, the Gamecocks and Martin have received a lot of exposure all around the country. When Martin goes into a recruit's house and talks to him and his family, the coach can now show proof that you can do anything you dream about at South Carolina.
"We've got the attention of people," Martin said.
Making the Final Four grabbed the attention of Martin, and that moment is something he wants to go through again as soon as possible. In fact, Martin wants to make it even farther. He wants to take the final step and play for a national championship on a Monday night.
"After coaching on Saturday (in Final Four), I've got a fire that's burning inside of me like it's never burnt before to coach on Monday," Martin said. "That moment has pushed me to a place I've never been before, personally, from a competitor standpoint. I told our players, 'You guys thought I was crazy, you don't know what's coming.' I've tasted something I've never tasted before, and I want more."
**Story by Kyle Heck/photo provided by South Carolina Athletics Media Relations**