The UConn basketball program is reportedly zeroing in on its next head coach.
On Thursday, a report surfaced from David Borges and Jeff Jacobs of the New Haven Register, South Carolina head coach Frank Martin, who recently led the Gamecocks to a Final Four, is one of four top candidates for the Huskies job.
Rhode Island coach Danny Hurley, former Indiana coach Tom Crean, and former Ohio State coach Thad Matta are also in the mix.
From the report:
According to multiple sources, Martin, currently the head coach at the University of South Carolina, has been in contact with UConn. A fiery personality in the Jim Calhoun mode, he is signed through 2022 but is said to be somewhat dismayed that South Carolina hasn’t made more of an investment into the basketball program after last year’s surprise run to the Final Four.
Despite the report, Martin is denying there are any talks in a message to The Post and Courier:
South Carolina coach Frank Martin said Thursday that a report linking him to the open job at Connecticut was inaccurate.
“Of course not,” Martin replied via text message when asked by The Post and Courier if the story was true. Martin is recruiting before heading to Atlanta Saturday and Sunday for a guest studio analyst spot during the NCAA tournament.
Martin is 230-144 overall as a head coach with stops at South Carolina and Kansas State.