April 4, 2011

WSU's Gregg Marshall: 'It wasn't time to leave'

Men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall will remain at Wichita State.

Men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall will remain at Wichita State.

"I go with my gut," he said. "It wasn't time to leave. This is a great place."

Marshall completed his fourth season at WSU by winning the National Invitation Tournament last week in New York. His success at WSU, combined with a successful run at Winthrop, made him a popular name for coaching vacancies.

He confirmed that he talked with North Carolina State, but would not confirm reports that he was offered the job for $1.9 million.

"We discussed the job," he said. "To discuss a job of that magnitude was flattering. They're going to win there."

Marshall said three other schools made initial contact and one wanted to talk further. Marshall declined to name the schools, citing a desire to respect the privacy of their searches. He decided he isn't ready to leave WSU.

"I've probably been surprising people my whole coaching career," he said. "I stayed at Winthrop for nine years and was told I had to leave."

Marshall's current contract has him making $800,000 annually through the 2014-15 season. He will receive a $500,000 retention bonus after he completes next season.

He is coming off WSU's championship in the National Invitation Tournament. The Shockers finished 29-8 after beating Alabama in the title game on Thursday. Marshall earned two bonuses worth $13,000 for reaching the NIT title game.

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