The Gregg Marshall era at Wichita State is over. This morning, Wichita State announced that Marshall has resigned, effective immediately. Even though Marshall was under investigation for alleged misconduct, Wichita State agreed to pay him a $7.75 million settlement over the next six years. Assistant Coach Isaac Brown will serve as the team’s interim head coach.
“This was a difficult decision, but one I feel was necessary for my family, the university and, most importantly, the student-athletes,” Marshall said. “I remain grateful for my years spent at Wichita State. I wish to thank the coaches, student-athletes, the university, the community, and all of Shocker Nation for their unending dedication, support and loyalty. I am incredibly proud of this men’s basketball program and all it has achieved over the past 14 years and am confident of its continued success.”
Over the last month, multiple players have come forward with claims of physical and verbal abuse and racist behavior by Marshall, including Shaq Morris, who said Marshall punched him twice during a 2015 practice, once just hours after Morris informed him his mother is battling cancer. The Athletic first broke the news that Wichita State was investigating the claims, and Jeff Goodman released his own detailed report, which was compiled over six months and includes interviews with 36 former and current members of the Shockers basketball program. In his response, Marshall didn’t even deny the reported incidents took place, instead admitting his coaching style “isn’t for everyone.”
“Our student-athletes are our primary concern,” said Wichita State Director of Athletics Darron Boatright. “While the university acknowledges the success of the basketball program under Coach Marshall, this decision is in the best interest of the university, its student athletes and the WSU community. WSU will continue its pursuit of excellence with the help of its student-athletes, staff and loyal supporters of the basketball program.”
“I’m incredibly proud of this basketball program. Our family – Lynn, Kellen, and Maggie – love Wichita,” said Gregg Marshall.
Apparently paying a man under investigation for misconduct $7.75 million to walk away is the best way to deal with things in Wichita.