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Wichita State yet to formally respond to report it’s parting ways with Gregg Marshall

Published: Nov. 10, 2020 at 9:54 PM CST
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Wichita, Kan. (KWCH) -- CBS Sports this week is reporting that Wichita State University and Shocker head men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall will be parting ways, likely by the week’s end. CBS Sports senior writer Matt Norlander said a source confirmed that information to CBS Sports following a previous report of Marshall’s impending departure from Stadium college basketball writer, Jeff Goodman.

As of Wednesday night, there has been no official response to the national reports from Wichita State or Marshall’s camp.

Last month, Wichita State confirmed an independent investigation being conducted about allegations of abuse from Marshall within its Men’s Basketball program. The news about Marshall expected to leave Wichita State follows the reported conclusion to that investigation.

Marshall denied allegations of verbal and physical abuse against players and a former assistant coach at Wichita State, as well as at Winthrop, where he coached for nine seasons prior to starting at WSU.

“I simply state unequivocally that I have never physically struck a player or colleague. Allegations claiming otherwise are false,” Marshall said in a mid-October statement released after the first wave of allegations. You can re-read that full statement here: Marshall denies abuse allegations at Wichita State.

On the court, Marshall led Winthrop, then Wichita State to new heights, peaking with a 2013 NCAA Tournament Final Four run with the Shockers. With WSU, Marshall also developed NBA talent, including NBA champion Fred VanVleet with the Toronto Raptors and Landry Shamet who’s a key role player for the Los Angeles Clippers.

The success of the men’s basketball team under Marshall launched Shocker Athletics into the overall more competitive American Athletic Conference. Especially in basketball, the conference move was regarded as a significant step up from the Missouri Valley Conference in which Wichita State was a member for several decades up to 2017.

In 13 full seasons at Wichita State, Marshall led the Shockers to seven NCAA Tournament appearances and an overall record of 331-121. His overall record as an NCAA Divison 1 men’s basketball coach is 525-204.

Eyewitness News Tuesday night reached out to several people including Wichita State University’s athletic administration and Marshall’s camp. The official word on Marshall’s status is expected to come any day. Look for updates with official reports as this story develops.

Eyewitness News on Wednesday did hear from students on Wichita State’s campus who are taking notice.

“I just hope there is a thorough investigation going on. I know I’ve seen they’re expecting to part ways this week. If (allegations are) true, then I absolutely believe they should part ways, especially with severe allegations like that,” WSU senior Kane Thimesch said.

Marshall currently has a base salary of $3.5 million at Wichita State. His current contract runs through the next two seasons. In his contract, he can receive multiple incentives up to $200,000. Higher-level incentives include advancing to a post-season tournament and winning the national championship, something the Shockers have never done.

“I’m aware he’s done great things for (the) campus and a lot of people I’ve seen have said that his kind of stuff would’ve been perfectly acceptable a couple of years ago, especially, even maybe when he was hired. But it’s just a new day and new time and I just don’t think we can keep something like that around,” Thimesch said.

Wichita State freshman Kathy Vu said she hopes the university takes “the right steps toward doing the right thing."

“Because if there’s a really negative impact on the men’s basketball team, then I think the student’s life will be a little bit damaged here,” she said. So I just hope things turn out well for them and the school takes good action."

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