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Wichita State hires former Tennessee assistant Steve Forbes

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Monday, July 8, 2013, at 6:27 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, July 8, 2013, at 10:17 p.m.

Former Tennessee and Texas A&M assistant Steve Forbes was named an assistant coach for Wichita State men’s basketball on Monday.

Forbes has led Northwest Florida State to the NJCAA Division I national tournament each of the last two seasons. The hire was first reported by CBSSports.com.

Forbes replaces KT Turner, who left to take an assistant coach position at SMU.

“Steve, for more than two decades, has been part of successful basketball programs,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said in a news release. “From junior college, his days in the Valley, and in helping making Texas A& M and Tennessee national contenders, he is a winner. He does a great job on the floor coaching, can recruit the entire nation, and he is a tremendous relationship builder with young people.

“We are excited to have someone with his skill set, who is also looking for a second chance in our profession, to join our staff.”

Forbes was one of three former Tennessee assistants who were fired in March 2011, along with coach Bruce Pearl, after trying to cover up NCAA violations by the Volunteers. NCAA investigators questioned Forbes regarding a cookout at Pearl’s house where current Ohio State star Aaron Craft was in attendance in 2008, as a junior in high school, which was a violation of NCAA rules. For their roles in the violations, Forbes and fellow assistants Jason Shay and Tony Jones were given a one-year show-cause penalty that expired last August. Pearl was given a three-year show-cause that expires in August 2014.

"I'm indebted to coach Marshall and the WSU administration for believing in me," Forbes told CBSSports.com.

Forbes also coached two seasons at Texas A&M with Billy Gillispie and during the 2003-04 season at Illinois State. He also coached Barton County Community College from 1995-98 and went 68-28. At Northwest Florida, his teams compiled a record of 61-6.

Forbes is from Lone Tree, Iowa, and played baseball at Southern Arkansas University.

Shockers in Vegas — Former WSU players Toure Murry and Gal Mekel are on NBA Summer League rosters.

Murry is playing for Houston this week in the Orlando league. He will join the New York Knicks in Las Vegas for the league that begins Friday. Mekel will play for Dallas in Las Vegas.

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