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Gamecocks get Kansas State's head coach

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Frank Martin is announced as the new head men's basketball coach. (GamecocksOnline.com) Frank Martin is announced as the new head men's basketball coach. (GamecocksOnline.com)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

The Gamecocks have a new men's basketball head coach who comes with a winning record at Kansas State University.

School trustees approved the six-year contract worth more than $2 million a year on average Tuesday morning, bringing on Frank Martin as the new coach.

The former Kansas State coach will take over a team that finished dead last in the Southeastern Conference last season.

Martin replaces Darrin Horn as the 32nd head coach in the history of the South Carolina program, which enters its 105th season as a varsity sport in 2012-13.

Martin, 46, spent the past five seasons as the head coach at KSU, leading the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament four times, including a trip to the Elite Eight during the 2009-10 season.

Martin's Wildcats won at least 21 games in each of his five seasons at the helm, compiling a record of 117-54.

A native of Miami, FL, Martin earned hisbachelor's degree in physical education from Florida International in1993.  He and his wife Anya have threechildren, Brandon, Amalia and Christian.

During a press conference Tuesday, Martin said one of the reasons he was glad to join the program was that the school has coaches like Spurrier, Staley and Tanner that could coach anywhere but they choose to coach at South Carolina.

Martin said he loves challenges and gave credit to Horn for bringing good kids to program, making the job doable.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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