K-State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin
On the emotions of the past week...
“I’ve had a tough time with my emotions for the last 10 days. The last 10 days have been hard on me and it started with the Andre Gilbert situation. It’s been a rollercoaster ride, so I can only imagine how 17- and 18-year-old guys can handle it. I’m 41 years old and I can tell you that it has beaten me down for the last 10 days. 17- and 18-year-old kids, weather it be the unfortunate situation with Andre or beating Kansas and then all of the sudden listening for everybody across the country saying how incredibly good we are. Then, going to Missouri and not playing with the kind and energy and emotion that we have played with and losing something that we haven’t tasted in awhile. Having to deal with those emotions then come back and deal with Clent’s situation has been hard on me. When I was 17- or 18-years-old, I can tell you that I wouldn’t have been able to handle it.”

On the absence of Clent Stewart...
“His nickname is Steady-Stew, that’s who he is. Obviously he would have had a bunch of wide-open shots today, and Stew can shoot that shot. It would have made it difficult for them (Nebraska) to stay in that box (defense) today.

“I’ve talked extensively with Clent since the day his mom made a left-turn. Like I told him, he has to do what his heart tells him to do. Right now, with him, it’s not a basketball game, it’s life. That’s a tight-knit family and they have been fighting that decease, along with his mom, for a while as a whole. We are going to fly down there Friday as a team and let him know that we are here for him and how important he is to us.

“Stew has never let anybody know how much hurt and pain this experience has been on him. That’s what makes him such a great kid that even though, for the last two or three years, he has been battling this privately. He has never allowed anybody, publicly, to effect who he is. He is a strong kid and that’s a strong family. I’m sure that he is going to do whatever his heart tells him that would make his mother proud.”

On Nebraska’s team...
“We beat a pretty good team tonight. Let’s not forget that Nebraska is the same team that beat Oregon and Arizona State early in the year two pretty darn good teams in the Pac-10, it’s the Big 12. Doc Sadler is one of my favorite people in this business. He and I talked at length last night and we have both gotten to where we are at following similar paths. He is a grinder, he is a winner, his teams are winners and his teams are going to play that way.”

On the play of Michael Beasley...
“I was real proud of him. Like I said, he didn’t just stand around and watch the game. He had a guy on him at all times and he continued to work. I thought we did a half-way decent job in finding him. We missed some shots that we have been making for six or seven weeks now, we just missed, it’s going to happen.”