April 9, 2007

Moving forward

For the second time in five days Kansas State Director of Athletics Tim Weiser and President Jon Wefald sat in front of the media in the Legends Room at Bramlage Coliseum to discuss the Wildcat basketball program. In last Thursday's session Weiser and Wefald struggled to find answers, but on Monday their solution was seated between them in the form of Frank Martin, the man they tabbed to replace Bob Huggins as K-State's head basketball coach.

"These past few days have been very challenging for us, very difficult, but we're pleased to be here today to introduce Frank Martin," Weiser said. "Any time you hire a new coach you have to step back and look at the needs of the program. I will be the first to admit that this was a rather unique set of circumstances. We had to look at what gave us the best chance to be successful - and I do mean win - as the success we have is very important to us. We wanted to make sure we made a decision that gave us the best chance to succeed, and one that would give our fans and those that supported us the past year reason to feel good about the direction of our basketball program."

That decision was to hire Martin, a Miami native and Huggins' lead assistant last season.

Weiser, Wefald and all who had the choice to make believed continuity was important. Under Huggins, who left to take the same position he held in Manhattan at West Virginia, Martin and the rest of a first-year staff the Wildcats finished 23-12 and advanced to the second round of the NIT.

The postseason appearance was K-State's first since 1999 and helped convince Weiser that the program was headed in the right direction.

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