Gregg Marshall’s time as a Wichita State men’s basketball coach is coming to an end after 13 seasons.
According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, the state of Wichita is expected to “separate” from him by the end of the week.
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A source confirmed this to @CBSSports. Gregg Marshall is expected at this point not to be employed by the State of Wichita in the coming days. https://t.co/i1n5fiukFK
The move comes after a number of shocking allegations of physical and verbal abuse by Marshall towards players and others within the sports department have surfaced. On October 9, the state of Wichita released a statement acknowledging the allegations and explaining that there had been an independent investigation:
“The investigation is being conducted swiftly and deliberately. We have received the full cooperation of current varsity staff, coaches and student-athletes, as well as Coach Gregg Marshall, and support anyone who chooses to participate to conduct a fair and impartial investigation. and a thorough investigation.
“In the meantime, the team’s activities will continue as planned and, as it does regularly, the university has reminded all staff, coaches and student-athletes of the relevant policies and channels for reporting problems.
Marshall also released a statement through his agent in which he defended himself and explained that he would cooperate with the investigation, according to Goodman:
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Gregg Marshall issues statement through his agent. https://t.co/Zj4Qe2qEXJ
Good man reported on the abuse allegations, noting that he had contacted 36 former and current members of the basketball program, including 26 players, who had experience with Marshall and detailed patterns of physical and verbal abuse that also included suspected cases of racism.
Among the more notable allegations, Shaq Morris said Marshall hit him twice during practice in 2015.
“Shaq Morris told me he told Gregg Marshall his mother had cancer just hours before Marshall punched her in the head in practice.” Good man wrote.
“I love my teammates, the city and the state of Wichita,” Morris said. “But if I could go back to that day when he hit me, I would be gone. “
The stadium report also detailed allegations that Marshall strangled assistant coach Kyle Lindsted during the 2016-17 season, Native American-born Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler told “get back on his horse” and doing “Indian howls” during the 2018-19 season, and told Jamie Echenique, who is from Colombia, that he would be “a great coffee bean picker” when struggling on the pitch.
“We were very united off the pitch,” said one player. “We all wanted to beat Marshall. If he wasn’t the head coach, we’d be screaming his ass. I am not a fan. I do not support him. I got tired of being a mother (beep) and being called a son of a bitch every day. ”
Goodman noted that 10 players have transferred from Wichita state in the past two years, which is almost double the national average.
CJ Moore and Dana O’Neil of The Athletic also brought up allegations of misconduct and abuse, including a case in which a student-athlete pulled over in Marshall’s place, which angered the coach and led to a frightening encounter:
“As Marshall approached his seat that day, he didn’t get there fast enough to block the student. Instead, Marshall quickly turned around and followed the student’s car, eventually blocking his car at an intersection in the parking lot. According to an eyewitness, Marshall got out of his car and started yelling at the student asking, “Do you know who I am?
“The student had rolled down the window and said, ‘I don’t care who you are.’ Marshall approached the car and, according to the eyewitness, attempted to hit the student through the driver’s window. ”
A former player suggested that more than just members of the basketball team knew about Marshall’s reputation.
“It wasn’t just the players – academics, marketing, everyone,” he said. “If you were to partner with Wichita State basketball, you’ve been caught in the crossfire. I lost respect for him because I saw the way he treated my teammates and others. “
Marshall was Winthrop’s head coach from 1998-99 to 2006-07 before coming to Wichita State and ended his time there with a 194-83 record and seven NCAA tournament appearances.
The Shockers hired him for the 2007-08 campaign, and he quickly put them into a winning program. He went 11-20 in his first season, but 29-8 in his fourth, highlighting his ability as a coach when it comes to wins and losses.
In all, Marshall finished with a record 331-121 at Wichita State and made seven NCAA tournaments. The Shockers also reached the 2013 Final Four during his tenure.