Alabama reportedly has its eyes set on one target to fill its men’s basketball head coaching vacancy: Gregg Marshall.
According to CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish, the Crimson Tide are planning to make a “big run” at the Wichita State coach when the NCAA Tournament ends. Marshall’s Shockers, a No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region, defeated No. 2 seed Kansas on Sunday to reach the Sweet 16. Wichita State is set to face Notre Dame in Cleveland on Thursday.
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Marshall, 52, has been at Wichita State since 2007.
From the report:
The sources said Alabama’s administration is determined, one way or another, to make a big hire to replace Anthony Grant in response to Auburn employing Bruce Pearl last March, and Marshall is essentially alone atop the wish-list. Alabama cannot offer Marshall great basketball tradition, school officials understand. But one source said they plan to pitch “piles of money, an athletic department with a culture of winning and every resource he needs to compete with anybody on a national level.” It’s possible football coach Nick Saban could eventually be involved in what would amount to a high-profile recruitment.
Marshall would, obviously, be a terrific hire for the Crimson Tide. The 52-year-old head coach has built Wichita State into one of college basketball’s winningest programs, as the Shockers reached the Final Four in 2013, were a No. 1 seed in 2014 and have won two NCAA Tournament games thus far this March.
Would Marshall leave Wichita for Alabama, though? Many believe the Wichita State coach could land a top 10-15 job if he decides to depart from the Shockers; Alabama might throw top 10-15 money at Marshall, but it is certainly not one of the sport’s premier programs.