South Carolina’s Martin more than just an angry man

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin reacts during the second half of the East Regional championship game against Florida of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

South Carolina coach Frank Martin always has been known for his anger and intensity from the bench.

Now he’ll be known for leading the Gamecocks on a remarkable run to the Final Four.

Sindarius Thornwell scored 26 points, and South Carolina earned its first trip to national semifinals with a 77-70 win over Florida on Sunday.

Here are the highlights:

Martin was emotional after the win:

Some impressive stats:

Over the years, Martin has received a fair share of criticism for his treatment of players and open displays of anger:

Yahoo! Sports’ Henry Bushnell summarizes Martin’s past:

His popular persona has been that of a ticking time-bomb liable to explode into a sideline tirade at any moment. And that reputation, of course, isn’t unfounded. Martin is one of the most intense coaches in college basketball. … For some players, the “tough love” isn’t love at all. It’s too much. Martin dismissed or released from scholarship 11 players at Kansas State and 13 so far at South Carolina, including four after his first season in Columbia. … Martin did hit a player once. He slapped senior Chris Merriewether on the forearm late in a game against Missouri in 2010, and got caught in a whirlwind of controversy. The controversy was dispelled by Merriewether himself soon after. “Frank’s my guy,” he later said. “He’s always had my back. I’ll always have his.”

Here’s a taste of some of that anger:

And despite his success, that reputation has been hard to live down:

But it’s also clear there are A LOT of Martin fans out there:

Martin’s words went viral twice this week and probably gained him some new fans. First, he showed kindness when 13-year-old Sports Illustrated Kids reporter Max Bonnstetter asked him about defense:

Then, this quote spread around the net:

Earlier this season, the SEC Network took a look at Martin’s life off the court, and it revealed a lighter side to him:

What do you think? Because of his anger and intensity, is Martin difficult root for. Or has the South Carolina coach won you over?

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