Marshall leaving for Wichita State; Peele named Eagles coach

After nine seasons of wins, championships and NCAA Tournament bids, GreggMarshall has finally decided to leave Winthrop University.

And this time, there’s no turning back.

Marshall, 44, was introduced as the head basketball coach at Wichita StateUniversity on Saturday, taking a job that will pay him a reported $750,000 ayear plus incentives, more than three times what he was making at Winthrop.

And almost before Marshall’s press conference ended in Wichita, Winthropfilled its opening by offering the job to assistant coach Randy Peele, whoimmediately accepted.

Peele, who has been on the Winthrop staff for four years and has been a bigpart in the Eagles’ success the past three seasons, met with director ofathletics Tom Hickman and university president Dr. Anthony DiGiorgio at theWinthrop baseball game Saturday afternoon.

“I told them I want the job,” Peele said, “and that I would do everything Icould to get the position.”

He said the Eagles’ style of play won’t change.

“I’ve seen it and been a part of it,” Peele said. “I know it works, and it’snot going to change.”