Dribble Handoff: If Wichita State fires Gregg Marshall, who would the Shockers rent to exchange him?


After a gradual 2020 teaching carousel that included only one main convention opening with Steve Forbes changing Danny Manning at Wake Forest, there may quickly be a gorgeous job opening up in faculty basketball. Gregg Marshall continues to be the coach at Wichita State for now, however the college is investigating allegations that he is bodily and emotionally abused gamers throughout his 13-year run with the Shockers.

Marshall has denied the allegations, but when the investigation ends in his dismissal, frequent sense suggests Wichita State would flip to an interim coach for 2020-21 season since practices have already began. Nevertheless, the job could be extremely enticing to coaches throughout the game. Marshall led the Shockers to the Ultimate 4 in 2013 amid a run of seven straight NCAA Match appearances that illustrated how nice of program Wichita State could be.

With the monetary backing of billionaire Charles Koch, for whom the varsity’s enviornment is called, Wichita State could be well-positioned to draw loads of curiosity from rising stars and confirmed coaches as nicely. Our group of writers made their picks for the job on this week’s Dribble Handoff in response to the next immediate: If Gregg Marshall is fired, who could be a logically affordable alternative at Wichita State?

John Beilein, former Michigan coach

Wichita State is a top-four job in a top-seven league that has the flexibility to out-spend virtually anyone. So, if the job had been to open after the varsity’s investigation into Marshall is accomplished, there could be no scarcity of high quality candidates. Wichita State may see if former Shockers assistant Steve Forbes would favor a neater process than attempting to fully rebuild Wake Forest in a ridiculously loaded ACC. However the obvious particular person to pursue could be John Beilen, the previous Michigan coach who’s universally revered all through the game and extremely achieved. May Beilein have higher alternatives subsequent March/April? Maybe. However, once more, Wichita State is a good job with nice sources, a spot the place a gifted coach can win huge, as Marshall has proven over the previous 13 seasons. So it is not loopy to assume WSU may lure him. And provided that he is at the moment unemployed after a brief stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers within the NBA, if the job had been to open quickly, Wichita State may theoretically attempt to lure Beilein prematurely of this season to expedite its rebuild and rent him earlier than one other nice job opens subsequent 12 months. — Gary Parrish

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We’ll wait and see with what occurs with Marshall, however relaxation assured that is already being mentioned within the business. Beilein is a reputation that makes loads of sense, however I’m wondering if he’d go that low when it comes to program status if/when he returns to school hoops. Kinda really feel like if he comes again he’ll go for a prime 30-level job. Only a hunch. My identify is not practically as high-profile however he would make loads of sense and I believe he’d maintain Wichita State buzzing. Ben Jacobson’s been operating Northern Iowa since 2007-08. He is made 4 NCAA Tournaments, been to a Candy 16 and is coming off a 25-6 season. His Panthers are the preseason choose to win the Missouri Valley, and if Northern Iowa can win that league, get a high quality seed and even win a sport, Jacobson’s going to be within the combine for a job like Wichita State. His profession file is 269-170, he is 49 years outdated, he is aware of the area/territory and is conversant in Wichita State because the Shockers had been lengthy standing members of the MVC earlier than transferring to the AAC. I believe he’d be dependable and could be the form of rent that might final for greater than a decade at that job. — Matt Norlander

Kyle Lindsted, Minnesota assistant coach

Ought to Wichita State flip to a well-recognized identify, an under-the-radar coach with ties to the world and expertise throughout the program ought to warrant consideration: Kyle Lindsted. Lindsted served on Gregg Marshall’s workers from 2015-2018 the place the Shockers had been actually rolling. He is seen what among the program’s greatest moments have appeared like. And he witnessed firsthand how Marshall constructed his program, each the great and the unhealthy, as he was reportedly choked by his boss in 2015. However most significantly for Lindsted, his ties to the world are unmatched in contrast with different potential candidates on this listing and elsewhere. He beforehand spent 15 years at Dawn Christian Academy in Kansas, a basketball juggernaut in Kansas that perennially produces abilities able to enjoying at Wichita State’s degree. He is aware of the ins and outs of the state. To have that connection to the varsity and to have deep-rooted connections throughout the state is a large feather within the cap for a coach who in most years is battling the likes of Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri for among the prime abilities within the area. — Kyle Boone

Travis DeCuire, Montana coach

DeCuire has racked up a 127-71 total file in six seasons at Montana, together with a gaudy 85-27 mark within the Huge Sky, whereas main the Grizzlies to 2 NCAA Match appearances. He is due for a break, and Wichita State looks like the proper caliber alternative. 

Montana’s bought a stable observe file of manufacturing coaches who reach greater profile jobs. DeCuire’s predecessor, Wayne Tinkle, left for the Oregon State job and continues to be there. Tinkle’s predecessor, Larry Krystkowiak left for the Utah job and continues to be there. Return a bit additional and you will find that Mike Montgomery jumped from Montana to Stanford and led the Cardinal to 12 NCAA Match appearances in 18 seasons. Sarcastically, DeCuire later labored for Montgomery as an assistant at Cal earlier than touchdown the Montana job.

The 49-year-old DeCuire set the varsity file for assists at Montana within the early Nineteen Nineties and is on observe to set some college information as a coach there, too. So whereas he won’t go away his alma mater for simply any job, the status and life-changing cash that Wichita State may provide would certainly make the choice a no brainer. — David Cobb



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