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Gregg Marshall: ‘It was a wonderful offer from Alabama’

Turning down the job as the University of Alabama’s head basketball coach wasn’t easy for Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall. In fact, had the Shockers not enhanced his current contract, Marshall could have been wearing Crimson next season.

“It’s a tug of war with my family this past time, it was a wonderful offer from Alabama,” Marshall told The Jim Rome Show. “They were very nice, they were very trustworthy, they sold a beautiful vision of what they would like to see, what they would like to see their basketball program become. I was very fortunate that the folks here in Wichita stepped up in an unbelievable way, a way that I never envisioned when I took the job, and said ‘We’d like you not to get on the plane and go check out Tuscaloosa.” They did that, I guess, for the faith that they have in what we can do with this program going forward as well as the appreciation of what we have already done.”

How close was Marshall to taking the Alabama job?

“I never got on the plane to go look,” said Marshall. “Had I gone down there to take a look, it would have been very difficult. Again, they sold a great vision.”

Marshall was asked if Alabama football being “king” of Tuscaloosa had any influence on his decision.

“I really don’t think it did,” said Marshall. “I was looking forward to meeting Coach (Nick) Saban, and I was looking forward to going to those football games. I grew up in the south, I love college football.”

Marshall said in his 30 years of coaching, he’s only had a few seasons where he’s been around a Division I football program.

“It was my two years at Marshall. It was a great great two years,” said Marshall. “It was also great timing, it was Chad Pennington to Randy Moss, straight cash homey.”

As for how much longer Marshall wants to coach, the 2014 AP Coach of The Year wasn’t sure.

“I don’t want to do this until I’m 75, no way at all, I’m 52; I’d like to do it for maybe 8-10 more years. There’s too much stress for me,” said Marshall. “Unfortunately we all have an expiration date, and we just don’t know when it is, and I don’t want to be on the sidelines, storming those sidelines when my expiration date is up. So I want to travel and spend time with my family and sit on those beaches.”

Until that day, Marshall will still entertain offers in the off-season if they continue to come.

“This offer that Wichita State’s put on the table makes me one of the top paid coaches in America. It’s not all about money, it’s about being happy, it’s about enjoying the quality of your life, not being uprooted from your family, and that’s a very hard thing,” said Marshall. “But I’ve never buried my head in the sand; I don’t think that’s fair. I’ve been very honest that I will listen, and maybe I have another move in me, but I don’t know. This is certainly a job where I can retire now.”

  • Gregg Marshall
  • Apr 3rd 2015

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