I nearly didn't write this article. The subject of Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall normally opens a very vast schism in the Gamecock fan base, and people have over time become rigid in their views of him.
That said, the university's failure to hire him has certainly impacted our basketball program, and the choice to bring in Dave Odom and Darrin Horn instead of Marshall likely led to Carolina losing more basketball games in the last decade than it would have had they hired Marshall. I'd think most people would at least agree with that at this point, though some may not.
Though his name has always been in the conversation in our hiring process, a full accounting of what happened in each job search that kept him out of the position has never really come out. Until Kent Babb of the Washington Post took to Twitter this afternoon and put out a lot of information on the topic. Take it away, Kent.
This morning I spoke w/Gregg Marshall, and we talked Wichita, Winthrop & South Carolina. Maybe my new favorite coach. Dude doesn't give a...— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) February 27, 2014
Marshall, for the uninitiated, for ys wanted the S.C. job. S.C. thought he was a cocky jerk. Yada yada yada, S.C. sucks & Wichita is great.— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) February 27, 2014
@daringantt They've really got this basketball thing figured. Good God.— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) February 27, 2014
@realrobertmays Seriously. It's insane. They thought he was mean & so he didn't get a sniff. Meanwhile, he's got a FF banner in his gym— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) February 27, 2014
Marshall approached SC in '01, they told him he wasn't ready. In '07, they didn't even call him. In '12, they did & he was all: Ha ha ha ha— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) February 27, 2014
@robertneely He told me McGee basically laughed at him. Was making $90k at Winthrop; McGee said they were looking at fmr coaches of the year— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) February 27, 2014
He also told me SC offered less money than Nebraska. SC wanted a discount coach bc he wanted job. Now who's the cocky jerk? You, Gamecocks.— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) February 27, 2014
@PaulStrelowTI Which makes him a pretty common hoops coach. Glad they found a cuddle buddy in Frank.— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) February 27, 2014
@PaulStrelowTI I can see that. Even with me, was came off as, "Whatever, I'm awesome." Which I happen to love but could see Hyman, et al not— Kent Babb (@kentbabb) February 27, 2014
@kentbabb In '07, I think Marshall's personality was a huge reason Hyman didn't want him. Of course, then he hired ... well, you know.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) February 27, 2014
Sorry about those last few tweets - I couldn't help myself. For those who don't remember, or want to open up old wounds, I was referring to this game. Twitter is the best.
All interesting. As someone who's never loved Mike McGee (thanks for the terrible Colonial Life Arena) or Eric Hyman (thanks for Darrin Horn), particularly in how they've treated the hoops program, I found all of this very interesting to read.
You can think that Gregg Marshall is a good coach and also think the university made a good decision in hiring Frank Martin. Lots of people view these two things as mutually exclusive, though they're not. That said, what do you think of the revelations from Babb today?