Gregg Marshall resigns as head men’s basketball coach at Wichita State University

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall resigned Tuesday following an investigation into allegations of verbal and physical abuse, ending a tenure that soared to the Final Four and crashed on the eve of the upcoming season.

Wichita State Director of Athletics Darron Boatright accepted the resignation effective immediately.

“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.” 

Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall, left, and assistant coach Isaac Brown in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

As part of Marshall’s resignation, the university has agreed to a contract settlement for $7.75 million to be paid over a period of six years. The university’s Intercollegiate Athletic Association will cover the settlement.

“Our student-athletes are our primary concern,” said 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.”

Coach Gregg Marshall

Marshall’s resignation came after an internal investigation into allegations that he mistreated players.

Wichita State University said the investigation is now closed, and the university will not be releasing any records related to the investigation, as they are considered confidential personnel records.

Last month, former Wichita State forward Shaq Morris told Stadium he was punched twice by Marshall, the school’s all-time winningest coach, during an October 2015 practice, and former guard Ty Taylor said he saw it happen. They were the only players who agreed to be identified.

Last spring, six scholarship Shockers players plus a walk-on also transferred. In addition, 2020 commit Ja’Dun Michael asked out of his letter of intent.

Assistant Coach Isaac Brown will serve as the team’s interim head coach.

“I know this is a difficult time for our kids, but we will come together as a team and continue to compete. We have a great group of kids and staff, and we will work hard each day to represent our school and our city,” Brown said.

Wichita State opens its season Nov. 25 against Utah State in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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