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Frank Martin contracts COVID-19 a second time

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Martin also revealed the virus has hit him harder the second time around.

NCAA Basketball: Florida A&M at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

COVID-19 is already a terrifying virus to endure. What makes it even scarier is we’re now seeing more and more people contract the virus a second time, the latest being South Carolina Gamecocks coach Frank Martin.

Martin, who previously contracted the virus last May, revealed this week that he now has the virus again, and it’s actually been worse this time after he was asymptomatic the first time he battled it.

“This thing kicked my tail this time around,” Martin told reporters Friday. “I think it’s so important for so many out there to understand that this is the second time I go through this. The first time it didn’t kick my tail the way this one kicked my tail.”

Martin and two other assistants won’t be with the team Saturday when South Carolina faces LSU. The Gamecocks have played just five games so far this season due to COVID-19 issues within the program. Every other SEC program has played at least nine games.

The good news is it doesn’t sound like Martin will be sidelined much longer, as he told Stadium’s Jeff Goodman he should be able to leave isolation on Monday.

Here’s to hoping Martin and anyone else affected by the virus make a full recovery.