Frank Martin to Miami Rumors Already Flying

With the strange but not unwelcome departure of Frank Haith for the University of Missouri, UM is now in the market for a new head basketball coach.

And less than five hours after the vacancy became public knowledge, rumors are already flying over who might take the helm at the struggling ACC hoops program.

It looks like the early front-runner is none other than Kansas State coach and one-time Miami cheater Frank Martin.

You might remember the name. Back in December, the Herald made inky love to the man despite the fact that Martin was caught red-handed breaking rule after rule while coaching Miami Senior High School in the '90s.

Just before Martin won a third state title for Miami High in 1998, New Times published an investigation into his shenanigans. Martin - along with current Miami Heat star Udonis Haslem - were eventually stripped of their championship.

As the "Big 12 Hoops" blog points out, Martin is a logical choice for The U: he's a Miami native with a wealth of local recruiting contacts, to say the least.

But Miami will likely have to match the $1.2 million yearly salary the 2010 conference coach of the year currently gets at K-State. With Martin's shady record, it ain't worth it.

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.