It’s been a crazy past week for UCLA and their search for a new head coach.
After firing Ben Howland last weekend, the Bruins are looking to make a major splash in their next hire. The only problem is — there hasn’t exactly been a great amount of interest. That’s saying a lot too, especially considering UCLA is one of the most prominent college basketball programs of all-time.
However, VCU head coach Shaka Smart signed a contraction extension with the Rams, Butler head coach Brad Stevens has come out and said that he will remain with the Bulldogs, and even North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried, who was rumored to be tied to the vacancy, tweeted about his commitment to the Wolfpack.
Well, now UCLA needs to catch its breathe. There’s surely plenty of viable candidates, just not the ones that they originally labeled as their top targets.
Yet what about Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall?
The Shockers are having one incredible run within the 2013 NCAA Tournament and Wichita State is currently preparing for their Elite 8 contest on Saturday with No. 2 Ohio State. Marshall and the Shockers are ironically enough playing for supremacy in the West Region — which is located in Los Angeles.
UCLA shouldn’t even let Marshall leave the city unless it’s for a trip to the Final Four in Atlanta.
Bottom line is this — UCLA has missed their top targets, so they must now re-adjust and Marshall has been a hot name for some time now. Marshall has totaled 331 wins in his head coaching career and may not be done just yet this season. After taking Winthrop to seven NCAA Tournament appearances in nine seasons, Marshall has now taken Wichita State to the Big Dance in back-to-back seasons.
Marshall has been successful at both stops and his attention is only growing with the Shockers’ success her in 2013.
Keep the name Gregg Marshall in mind.
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