Report: Alabama planning to make run at Gregg Marshall

Alabama is reportedly planning to make a big run at Gregg Marshall.
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By Andrew Holleran

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. 

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.

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