Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Frank Martin

On what it meant to have Clent Stewart here...
“It was great. Last night at the service we’ve got so many young kids, kids that haven’t experienced a lot of things in life yet - to see one of their own struggling with something as much as Clent and his family have struggled with this whole situation really made our guys have to... when you see a bunch of 18-, 19- and 20-year-old guys that think they’re stronger than anything, you see them sit there and weep like little kids. It was a heck on an impression on us. I know it was a heck on an impression on me. But by the end of the night, I think Stew and his family seeing other family and all of our guys, especially Stew, it lifted his spirits. And when it lifted his spirits, the whole focus turned from sorrow to celebrating. What an incredible job his mother has done raising him, his sister and that family. When he walked in the locker room before the game, our guys just had big smiles on their faces - a lot of hugs and high-fives. And then Mike (Beasley), as only Mike can do it, said, Alright Clent, sit down. We have a scouting report to go over.’ It’s been real neat. It’s been an experience that was hard at first - one that continues to make that group of guys in the locker room even tighter.

 

On if he thought Stewart would play...

“It’s not about winning, it’s about life. Whenever his heart tells him he’s good to go. If we go 0-10 in our last ten games and his heart isn’t ready to do it... It’s not about winning games, it’s about living life. For me to even ask him when he wants to play would be an injustice on my part.”

 

On losing the big first-half lead...

“The game got real physical and, rather than respond to the physical nature of the game, we started acting like we did back in November. We started belly-aching and worrying about what was being called. I told them, Men we’ve come a long way. Why are we back in November again? Why? You guys have grown. We’ve grown. It’s a physical game. The officials aren’t cheating. They’re calling the game. Their guys aren’t getting fouls called just like our guys aren’t getting fouls called. They’re letting you play. Be a man, grow up. Deal with it.’ And our guys did. I saw a stat sheet briefly, but I believe I saw where they had 29 rebounds and we had 29 offensive rebounds. That’s a group of guys responding to the intensity of the basketball game.”

 

On Jacob Pullen’s start...

“That’s my battle with Jacob. He can play like that a lot more than he does right now. He can’t give you two great minutes and two awful minutes. That’s where his growth has to come. He’s got to learn how to continue to play, continue to stay the course - not make two big-time plays and then come down and make two bad plays. It’s all about being consistent.”

 

On Michael Beasley’s performance...

“He’s the best. He’s a great kid. Everything he achieves does not surprise me. It makes me very happy because of the great kid that he is. For somebody as talented as him that comes in everyday, all he cares about is winning. I’m a first-year coach. He could come in here and say, Man, you aren’t getting me shots. You don’t run plays for me.’ But I don’t have to worry about that kind of stuff with Mike. He cares about winning and that’s all he cares about. He’s a great kid. I can tell you that I’ve had 22 years around basketball teams, but I don’t think I’ve been around a better teammate.”