Frank Martin Under Fire As Judge Leaves Kansas State

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Transcript by Newsy**** BY DAN CORNFIELD You're watching multisource sports video news analysis from New...
Transcript by Newsy**** BY DAN CORNFIELD You're watching multisource sports video news analysis from Newsy. What in the world is going on in The Little Apple? Frank Martin’s Kansas State Wildcats came into the season ranked number 3 team in the country. Now reeling at mid-season, the once Big 12 favorites have lost marquee sophomore Wally Judge, who quit the team. He’s the second player to pack his bags in January. The Kansas City Star’s Kellis Robinet caught Martin after practice. “Wally quit the team today. He’s not happy. I kinda saw it coming because of some of his emotional situations. He just has not been enjoying it. He told me today that he thinks it is time for a change.” Besides the two players who quit, two of the team’s starters were suspended for 3 games earlier this season. CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander says, this could be lights out on a promising season. “(Wally) Judge leaving the team comes just more than two weeks after Freddy Asprilla chose to pack his bags. It's chaos in the Little Apple of Manhattan, Ks., and while those remaining on the team are no doubt trying to fight through this and make a run, surely many of them are thinking, in the back of their minds, how quickly they need this nightmare season to end.” K-State finished last season in the Elite 8, and entered this season with high expectations. Instead their record is 14-8, and just 2-5 in the Big 12. Frank Martin vented after a recent loss to Colorado, shown on K-State Collegian’s YouTube Channel. “We got too much drama on our basketball team. It’s hard to move forward when your constantly, you know, dealing with guys that are in and out, in and out, in and out. We’re not very disciplined.” The Topeka Democrat Examiner’s Wayne Hodges says, the drama isn’t coming from the players, it’s coming from Martin -- who just got a fat contract and whose tirades have become Sportcenter fodder. “Coach, (Wally) Judge is not happy because you’re not happy. See, with big money comes heightened expectations and immense pressure to win, and win big. Cursing out players and/or threatening to retract scholarships is only cute when you’re victorious. Not so when you’re getting your ass kicked on a daily basis.” Regardless of who’s unhappy or why, the Manhattan Mercury’s Cole Manbeck spoke with Wildcat Curtis Kelly, who compares the teams season -- to an odyssey. "We've been through a tough storm," the senior forward said. “In a storm, anybody that's still on the boat — surviving on the boat has got to be strong. All the people that dove off weren't strong enough." So who do you think is rocking the boat in Manhattan? The coach? The players? Or was it just not sea-worthy in the first place? Get more multisource sports video news analysis from Newsy.
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