USC's Martin suspended for season finale

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - University of South Carolina head menâ??s basketball coach Frank Martin has been suspended from his coaching duties for Saturdayâ??s game at Mississippi State.

Athletics director Ray Tanner announced the suspension Thursday afternoon. Martin will not accompany the team to Starkville.

"The one-game suspension is a result of inappropriate verbal communication as it relates to the well-being of our student-athletes," said Tanner.

The suspension is linked to a sideline rant directed at guard Duane Notice during a timeout in Tuesday night's game with Florida. Martin can be seen on camera uttering expletives at the freshman.

Earlier this season during a press conference, Martin publicly apologized to senior guard Brenton Williams for another outburst he had in late January during a one-point loss to Ole Mis.

"I got after Brent pretty darned good on the sideline in the first half and I visited with him about it and apologized to him," said Martin on January 21. "I do want to apologize to any fans that were behind the bench that maybe heard what was said. I was wrong for that, and there's no excuse for that."

Associate head coach Matt Figger will serve as acting head coach when the Gamecocks (11-19, 4-13 SEC) take on the Bulldogs (13-17, 3-14 SEC) in the regular season finale on Saturday.