The South Carolina Gamecocks had their season end on Saturday after a 77-73 loss to Gonzaga in the Final Four. The No. 7-seeded Gamecocks have nothing to be ashamed of, as they shocked the basketball world with an incredible tournament run that included upset wins over Duke, Baylor, and Florida, before making a roaring comeback to nearly knock off No. 1-seeded Gonzaga.
And South Carolina was able to make that run thanks in large part to the fact that they have a tremendous leader in head coach Frank Martin.
After the game, Martin spoke to CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson and shared some powerful words about his team:
Frank Martin gets it pic.twitter.com/cadT2RbjSq
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) April 2, 2017
Martin then did his press conference, where he got very emotional and delivered a similar message about his team:
There’s something powerful when you impact others. And what these kids have done is pretty special. When you get people to travel across the country by the masses because they believe in what you do, it’s powerful stuff. They’ve impacted our community in an unbelievable way, which is worth so much more than the score of a game.
That’s what it’s all about. These kids are great role models. There are a lot of kids that want to be the next Sindarius Thornwell, Justin McKie. I don’t get to coach them anymore, but they’re part of my life forever.
That is definitely a man that gets it, and it’s easy to see why he’s an outstanding leader.