It's March, which is prime time for basketball coaching rumors and speculation. In Iowa, media members and fans tossed around the possibility of Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall taking over the Hawkeyes.
Marshall put an end to those rumors Thursday, saying that he turned down a chance to interview for the vacant job. He said Iowa contacted a representative of his last week to set up an interview in Atlanta earlier this week.
"I respectfully declined that invitation and have had no contact with them since," Marshall said. "Hopefully, this will end any type of speculation."
Iowa is trying to replace Todd Lickliter, who was fired last week. He went 38-58 in three seasons, including a loss to Wichita State this season.
Marshall's team is coming off a 25-10 season and a first-round loss in the NIT. The Shockers, who finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference, return four starters and all their key reserves.
Marshall has five years remaining on his eight-year contract at WSU, a deal that pays him more than $760,000 annually. He received a one-year extension a year ago. Athletic director Eric Sexton said any talks regarding extensions or raises would be part of the normal end-of-the-season routine.
"We're so pleased that Gregg Marshall is our coach, and the future for Shocker basketball is unbelievably bright," Sexton said. "We are working to develop a program that generates success. Coach Marshall and his staff are doing that for Wichita State, and that's exciting for us."