COLUMBIA -- Gregg Marshall has announced he will remain Wichita State's men's basketball coach, eliminating any possibility that he will come to South Carolina next season to replace the fired Darrin Horn. But it is unclear if, or how aggressively, USC athletic director Eric Hyman pursued Marshall, the former Winthrop coach, who was born in Greenwood.
Marshall just finished his fifth season at Wichita State after spending nine at Winthrop -- his first head coaching job. He was an assistant at the College of Charleston from 1988-96.
"My family and I feel this is a great place for us," Marshall said in a statement about Wichita State, which is scheduled to give him a raise that he has agreed to in principle.
The announcement came a day after Friday's report from the Sporting News that USC asked for Kansas State's permission to speak with head coach Frank Martin about Horn's old job. Martin told The Kansas City Star that he had not spoken to any schools about coaching vacancies.
Kendall Marshall participated in portions of practice for North Carolina on Saturday, though a decision on his status for today's Midwest Regional final against Kansas will not be made until shortly before tipoff.
The Tar Heels' point guard hurt the wrist when he was fouled on a drive against Creighton last Sunday. He had surgery Monday to install a screw and got his cast off Wednesday.
Marshall was fitted for the brace he would wear to play on Saturday morning. He did not take part in any contact during practice, but was involved in the walkthrough and shoot-around, and had his wrist wrapped in an ice pack in the locker room afterward.
"The range of motion is getting gradually better every day, and that's a positive sign," Marshall said.
"There's been tremendous improvement every 24 hours."