Frank Martin Hits Chris Merriewether During Game, Quickly Apologizes

Saturday's college basketball game between Kansas State and Missouri wasn't one for the faint of heart. The Tigers upset the 11th-ranked Wildcats after a contest that featured 56 personal fouls and 73 free throw attempts. (Fittingly, only 48 of those 73 were made.) 

The game also featured the latest episode of college sports' newest hit series, Coaches Behaving Badly, which opens its basketball run after a busy football season. Though in reality, this was something I've seen before in games, without generating much of a fuss.

The culprit is Kansas State head coach Frank Martin, who in his own words, "kind of whacked Chris Merriewether in the side there after that one turnover." (H/T The Topeka Capital Journal)

Merriewether stands with his coach after the incident, and Martin smartly opened his postgame comments with an apology.

The Kansas State administration stands by their man, for the moment. But after the past few weeks, which saw football coaches Mark ManginoJim Leavitt (coincidentally, a former assistant in Manhattan) and Mike Leach fired for alleged mistreatment of players, Martin's leash is just that much shorter after Saturday afternoon.

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