According to sources close to the Winthrop basketball program, head coach Gregg Marshall has accepted the job at Wichita State and will be introduced at a 1:30 CDT press conference at the school.
Marshall informed Winthrop director of athletics Tom Hickman and text messaged several of the Winthrop players on Saturday morning to let them know his decision.
Marshall, who is expected to be paid close to $1 million per year, according to reports, replaces Mark Turgeon, who took the job at Texas A&M last week.
Marshall leaves Winthrop as the winningest coach in school history, with a record of 194-83. He won seven Big South Conference titles and made seven NCAA Tournament trips, finally winning a game this season.
It is not yet known what course Winthrop will take to fill the position, but assistant coach Randy Peele was interested in the job last year when Marshall briefly took the College of Charleston job. He will likely be a candidate again.
Assistant coaches Paul Molinari and Earl Grant, along with Peele, are under contract until June 30 and were in town this weekend hosting two potential recruits.
“He called me about an hour, hour and a half ago and said they were having a press conference and he was taking the job,” Tom Hickman, Winthrop’s director of athletics said.
Asked if he was surprised, Hickman said “not really.”
“With that kind of money, it’s hard to be surprised.”
Hickman said he was disappointed.
“We’re going to get to work as quickly as we possibly can to come up with the bvest person to fill the job.”
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