MARCH 26 2012 20:05h

S. Carolina may be close to hiring coach

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COLUMBIA, S.C., March 26 (UPI) -- Trustees at the University of South Carolina, which is looking for a new men's basketball coach, say they will take up a "contractual matter" Tuesday.

The special session will be held via teleconference, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported Monday.

Gamecocks Athletic Director Eric Hyman is looking to replace Darrin Horn, who was fired March 13 after four years at the school, including three straight losing seasons.

The newspaper noted that Sporting News reported during the weekend that South Carolina had asked Kansas State for permission to talk to Wildcats Coach Frank Martin.

Martin has guided Kansas State to the NCAA Tournament in four of his five seasons with the Wildcats.

"We have had conversations," Richard Katz, Martin's agent, told the Kansas City Star.

Martin is under contract with Kansas State through 2015 at a salary of $1.55 million per year, on average, with a $1 million buyout.

Horn made $1.1 million a year and South Carolina owes him a $2.4 million buyout, The Post and Courier said.

Wichita State Coach Gregg Marshall had been considered a likely candidate at South Carolina, but it was announced Saturday he would stay at State at a higher salary.