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Gregg Marshall says he will listen to ‘crazy offer’ from Alabama if rumor is true

Coming off one of the biggest wins of his career against in-state rivalry Kansas, Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall said he’s heard the rumors about the University of Alabama offering him a contract in excess of $3 million per year to coach their basketball program. Marshall says he hasn’t spoken with anyone from Alabama yet, but is focused on finishing this season strong with Wichita State.

“I was a little shocked that came out, I have no idea where that came from, but it’s something I really don’t have to deal with,” Marshall told The Jim Rome Show. “Because right now it’s just rumor and conjecture. I have not spoken with Alabama, I’m coaching my team, and that’s what I’m going to do hopefully for another couple weeks.”

If Alabama does want to talk with Marshall when Wichita State’s season is over, the 2014 Naismith Coach of the Year said he would listen, but it would take a lot for him to leave his current job.

“If Alabama is still interested in talking to us with some type of crazy offer at that time, then we will certainly entertain that,” said Marshall. “But it’s going to take some type of crazy offer for us to leave Wichita State. We’ve got a wonderful team coming back. I think we will be better next year.”

Despite not being in a “power conference,” Marshall believes he can accomplish everything he needs to right where he’s at.

“We can do whatever we need to do in the college basketball world at Wichita State,” said Marshall. “I think we can win a National Championship here, we can be a number 1 seed, we can go undefeated, all those things we’ve accomplished other than the National Championship. So, now it’s a matter of just continuing to stay the course, continuing to get a little better player, a little bigger guy walking in the door, and if they have that same mindset, where they want to be coached and they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves and they love the culture of improving every single day, then the sky’s the limit here.”

After years of trying to schedule Kansas to no avail, Marshall says the Shockers’ 78-65 win over the Jayhawks was a big win for the fan base.

“It’s the game folks around here have been clamoring for since I got the job,” said Marshall. “I think it had been 22, 23 years since the Jayhawks played us, and at that time I think the Shockers lost by about 50 points in Phog Allen Fieldhouse.”

Marshall has for some time believed, because of the program’s recent success, Wichita State earned the right to play against the state’s bigger programs, but doesn’t blame the rival schools for not wanting to play the Shockers.

“We just couldn’t get the game with KU or K-State for that matter,” said Marshall. “But you know what, I don’t disparage them for not playing us, it takes two to tango in scheduling, it would be great for the state, but if it doesn’t help them and they’re the ones that got to make that call, if it doesn’t help them and their schedule, they don’t have to play it, there’s no written rules.”

As for coach Marshall maintaining his same stance on a regular season game against Kansas, the coach hesitated.

“I’m okay with the series being the way it is right now. I’m 1-0 against the Jayhawks, and it was a big game,” Marshall joked. “We would probably play the game no doubt, and we’d love to start a series with them – I’m speaking for myself – but I have a lot of influence with the schedule here, and I know my administration would probably absolutely say, ‘yes we would do that.’”

Marshall says it’s up to Bill Self and KU if they want a Kansas-Wichita State series now.

“I don’t think it’s a phone call deal,” said Marshall. “I think it’s something when we run into each other we can discuss. I’m not going to bring it up. I’m not going to try to do that, it’s up to him now if he wants to play, he knows we would probably take him up on it.”

  • Gregg Marshall
  • Mar 24th 2015

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