Gregg Marshall, head coach of the Wichita State men’s basketball team, is reportedly under investigation for misconduct allegations.
The allegations are physical and verbal abuse by Coach Marshall against Wichita State students, players, and staffers. This investigation comes on the heels of a long offseason that saw seven players transfer away from the program.
As of now, the investigation is being run only by the university. There has been no word from the NCAA about these accusations. Include the recent transfer exodus; this current situation can seriously damage the Shockers’ reputation. However, Gregg Marshall has had a long history of success with the team. He has led them to multiple NCAA tournament berths and has turned them into a mid-major power.
The school has a complicated case to sort through. Do they fire the most successful coach in school history or punish him in-house if the allegations are deemed accurate? Do they do anything at all? College basketball has a long history of looking the other way when high-profile coaches come under fire for alleged violations. Roy Williams and Bill Self are two recent examples.
Should he wind up back at the helm for this upcoming year, Gregg Marshall enters his 14th season as the head coach at Wichita State. Most notably, he took the Shockers to the Final Four in the 2013 NCAA Tournament as a #9 seed. Fred VanVleet was one prominent player on that team who went on to an NBA career.
It is unclear where Wichita State goes from here. More players or students may come forward and provide more information in the coming days.
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