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Kansas State coach Frank Martin was reduced to tears after his team lost to Syracuse, 75-59.
Martin was asked about senior Jamar Samuels being held out of his final game due to NCAA eligibility concerns. Martin’s eyes welled with tears and he had to collect himself during the post-game news conference.
“Here’s what I told him when we got information yesterday,” Martin said. “I said, ‘If this is the worst thing that ever happens to you in your lifetime, you’re going to be one of the luckiest human beings to ever walk on the face of the earth.’ After that I choked up ’cause, you know, I’m all about kids, man.”
Kansas State made the decision to sit Samuels out less than 24 hours before tipping off against Syracuse.
The university refused to reveal what prompted the NCAA to look into Samuels’ eligibility.
However, several news organizations are reporting that Samuels’ allegedly received a $200 wire transfer from Curtis Malone, his former AAU coach with DC Assault.
“As a university, we have to take a stance and protect our university,” Martin said. “Unfortunately it put him in a tough spot. He’s, in my opinion, done nothing wrong. You always have to err on the side of caution and not do something and look back on it, and then regret your decision.”