According to sources close to the Winthrop basketball program, head coachGregg Marshall has accepted the job at Wichita State and will be introducedat a 1:30 CDT press conference at the school.
Marshall informed Winthrop director of athletics Tom Hickman and textmessaged several of the Winthrop players on Saturday morning to let themknow his decision.
Marshall, who is expected to be paid close to $1 million per year, accordingto 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 arecord of 194-83. He won seven Big South Conference titles and made sevenNCAA Tournament trips, finally winning a game this season.
It is not yet known what course Winthrop will take to fill the position, butassistant coach Randy Peele was interested in the job last year whenMarshall briefly took the College of Charleston job. He will likely be acandidate again.
Assistant coaches Paul Molinari and Earl Grant, along with Peele, are undercontract until June 30 and were in town this weekend hosting two potentialrecruits.
“He called me about an hour, hour and a half ago and said they were having apress conference and he was taking the job,” Tom Hickman, Winthrop’sdirector 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 thebvest person to fill the job.”
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