Wichita State state introduced Tuesday that males’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall has resigned amid a number of allegations of verbal and bodily abuse towards the 57-year-old coach. Assistant coach Isaac Brown will function Wichita State’s interim coach. CBS Sports activities first realized of the Shockers program parting methods with Marshall one week in the past.
“This was a tough choice, however one I really feel was vital for my household, the college and, most significantly, the student-athletes,” Marshall stated in a press release. “I stay grateful for my years spent at Wichita State. I want to thank the coaches, student-athletes, the college, the neighborhood, and all of Shocker Nation for his or her never-ending dedication, assist and loyalty. I’m extremely pleased with this males’s basketball program and all it has achieved over the previous 14 years and am assured of its continued success.”
The college announcement revealed that Marshall will obtain a contract settlement of $7.75 million to be paid over a interval of six years. One supply informed CBS Sports activities that Wichita initially sought to pay Marshall $2 million to depart this system, however the former Shockers coach and his authorized crew negotiated the buyout to its remaining quantity.
“Our student-athletes are our major concern,” Wichita State athletic director Darron Boatright stated. “Whereas the college acknowledges the success of the basketball program beneath Coach Marshall, this choice is in the most effective curiosity of the college, its scholar athletes and the WSU neighborhood. WSU will proceed its pursuit of excellence with the assistance of its student-athletes, workers and constant supporters of the basketball program.”
Marshall, who took Wichita State to the 2013 Closing 4 and is the winningest coach in class historical past (331-121), had been topic to a months-long investigation after allegations surfaced earlier this 12 months concerning a number of verbal and bodily incidents towards former gamers and workers members.
The allegations bubbled up privately months in the past, and prompted an investigation, upfront of stories from Stadium and The Athletic that revealed Oct. 9. Each tales, citing a number of witnesses, declare Marshall bodily assaulted former Shocker Shaq Morris in the course of the 2015-16 season. Morris spoke on the report to Stadium and described the altercation as a punch delivered by Marshall throughout a crew observe, an account additional backed by a number of unnamed gamers to the Wichita Eagle.
Stadium additionally earlier reported that former Wichita State assistant Kyle Lindsted was choked by Marshall in the course of the 2016-17 season; Lindsted has not commented on the allegations. The Eagle additionally confirmed that allegation via unnamed sources. A protracted record of different alleged misdeeds have been depicted in stories from Stadium and The Athletic, together with Marshall telling a participant of Native American descent to “get again on his horse” along with making “Indian howling noises” in the course of the 2018-19 season. In one other encounter, Marshall threatened bodily violence towards a Wichita State student-athlete after the 2 had a verbal spat following the student-athlete utilizing Marshall’s parking area.
Marshall has denied lots of the allegations levied towards him, writing to the Wichita Eagle on Oct. 13: “In response to the allegations put ahead within the media, I merely state unequivocally that I’ve by no means bodily struck a participant or colleague. Allegations claiming in any other case are false.”
The Shockers rose to nationwide prominence beneath Marshall due to a 2013 Closing 4 look after which an undefeated common season push the next 12 months that led to the college’s first and solely No. 1 seed. Marshall leaves Wichita State with a 331-121 report and a .732 win share in 13 seasons.
Wichita State’s investigation took practically three months and was led by St. Louis-based agency Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt P.C. Many gamers, present and former, have been interviewed. The Athletic reported on Oct. 30 that the investigation hit a deeper stage of probing as soon as many former gamers turned prepared to be interviewed after the allegations turned public through media stories.
Marshall’s resignation comes simply weeks earlier than the beginning of the 2020-21 season. Wichita State was 23-8 final season and on tempo to make the NCAA Match. This 12 months’s crew is anticipated to take a step again, however beneath Marshall the Shockers had comfortably developed right into a top-40 program nationally.
The Shockers have been ranked 86th in CBS Sports activities’ preseason rating of all 357 groups in males’s school basketball.