March 3, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Wichita State Shockers head coach Greg Marshall talks with his team as they play the Illinois State Redbirds during the first half of semifinals in the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
With Rick Stansbury stepping down as Mississippi State's head basketball coach today, the focus now turns to who will replace him. If I were Scott Stricklin, I'd include this guy on my short-list:
Greg Marshall – Head Coach – Wichita St.
Career record: 303-142 (Winthrop and Wichita St.)
8 NCAA Tournament Appearances
5-time Big South Coach of the Year
2012 MVC Coach of the Year
Why Marshall: Marshall’s track record speaks for itself. The guy took Winthrop to 7 NCAAs in 9 years. WINTHROP, PEOPLE! Since arriving at Wichita State in 2007, he has taken the Shockers to the post-season four times, including an NIT championship last season and an NCAA tournament berth as 5-seed this season. Marshall is known for being a hard-nosed coach and a solid recruiter.
Style of Play: Marshall is known for developing efficient half-court offensive sets, and a "bend but don’t break" defensive philosophy known as 50 Gap Defense.
Can State land him? : Much like Shaka Smart, Marshall will be a hot commodity on the coaching carousel in the coming weeks. South Carolina will be one of those teams, as Marshall is a SC native, but MSU is a better job than USC. Will that be enough to keep him from going home? Last year he got a seven-year extension at Wichita St. that pays him $900,000 a year, and I don’t think MSU would have a problem doubling that figure.