Agent: Missouri has not contacted Gregg Marshall about basketball job


04/21/2014 4:43 PM

05/16/2014 1:17 PM

Missouri has not reached out to Wichita State men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall about its coaching vacancy, his agent said Monday.

“No one regarding the Missouri search has talked to either one of us,” Myles Solomon told The Star by phone. “We haven’t had any sort of contact officially or unofficially.”

Solomon said other schools had reached out regarding Marshall’s interest in other vacancies, but Solomon wouldn’t divulge the names of those schools and wouldn’t say if Tennessee was among them.

“He’s very happy at Wichita State,” Solomon said of Marshall. “This has been something we’ve gone through before and, for him to leave, it would just need to be a perfect situation for him. That goes well beyond the school or a contract. He’s turned down some very good basketball jobs that have offered a great opportunity, but it just wasn’t the right fit or time for him and his family.”

Marshall’s son, Kellen, is a junior in high school and his daughter, Maggie, starts high school next year.

Marshall, 51, and a native of Greenwood, S.C., owns a 368-154 career record. He coached at Winthrop from 1998-2007 before joining Wichita State, where he is 174-71 in seven seasons.

Marshall’s Shockers have won at least 25 games each of the last five seasons, going 146-34 — an .811 win percentage — during that span.

If Missouri called, Marshall would listen, Solomon said.

“Gregg and I are both from South Carolina, so we are very polite to people, even strangers, who call us on the phone,” Solomon said. “Of course, we’d talk to them and listen. I don’t know that that means anything.”

Solomon said he hadn’t talked to Marshall to gauge how much interest, if any, he might have in Missouri.

“It’s not something we’ve discussed,” Solomon said. “We haven’t been contacted with anything, so it hasn’t really been put in front of us to make a determination one way or another.”

However, Solomon added that he’s heard good things about Missouri and Columbia before reiterating that it would take a perfect storm to pry Marshall from Wichita State, where he earned more than $2 million last season with performance bonuses.

“He’s always open to see if there is a place that’s better for him that Wichita, but it’s going to be hard to do because they are very happy there,” Solomon said. “He’s got a very good job there and a very supportive administration.

“From day one, Wichita has embraced Gregg and his family. He appreciates everything that they’ve done for him there. The whole family’s happy there. They’re not saying they’ll never move, but it’s going to take that perfect situation. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Kentucky job. It’s just the situation that fits them perfectly at the time.”

Marshall’s name has popped up atop coaching wish lists during the last two seasons after he guided the Shockers on a surprising Final Four run. Wichita State backed up that stellar 2012-13 season by rolling through the regular season and Missouri Valley Conference Tournament undefeated.

The Shockers became the first team in NCAA history to start a season 35-0 after an opening win in the NCAA Tournament, but No. 8 seed Kentucky upset top-seeded Wichita State in the third round.

Looking for to next season with a returning roster that includes Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker, now may not be the right time for Marshall to make a move.

“That’s always a consideration,” Solomon said. “These guys have been in the program for such a long time and he’s developed such a bond with those guys. That certainly is one of the factors that goes into whether or not you want to take another job.”

The Shockers appear to have the pieces in place for another top-10 season and possible Final Four run, while any coach taking over at Missouri inherits a rebuilding effort after the program missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.

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