Martin was named interim coach after sixth-year coach Joe O'Brien was fired following a 2-8 start. Martin led the Bengals to a 7-13 finish, including a conference-altering regular-season takedown of Weber State. On March 5, Martin was informed he would not be named as the head coach going forward.
The next day, Martin reportedly sent a letter to athletic director Jeff Tingey informing him of a booster who was willing to pay players or coaches to get them to come to the school. Tingey advised Martin the letter could be slanderous, and Martin then sent his letter to the NCAA.
This comes on the heels of Idaho State being put on football probation due to low APR scores. The Bengals will be eligible for postseason play this year after being ineligible for two years.