Mid-majors are all the rage these days. The last few years saw a slew of success built off the foundation of mid-major greatness set forth by the Gonzaga Bulldogs 15 years ago. Schools such as the Butler Bulldogs, VCU Rams and the like have all used Mark Few‘s formula for success and have given smaller-schools their biggest run of success.
The successes of mid-majors are not lost on Wichita State Shockers‘ coach, Gregg Marshall. During an on-air interview with ESPN‘s PTI, Marshall was asked about why coaches from the mid-major level are continuing to decline job offers from bigger programs. Marshall’s response showed a level of self-awareness that seems to be circling the coaching profession.
Marshall talked about how Few set the foundation, that mid-majors offer handsome salaries and how the expectations at his level are very reasonable.
He couldn’t have been more spot-on while discussing the topic. While many people feel that coaches should always take the bigger job — despite those people complaining when they actually do leave — the question of “why bother if you are happy” always crosses my brain. If the program you are at has a great culture, has reasonable expectations and provides you with a similar enough salary, why would anyone bail to take another job because we say it is more prestigious?
The Shockers’ coach is another in a long line of successful mid-major coaches. Much like Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart before him, Marshall is going to be the apple in every athletic director’s eye when the Shockers leave the big dance. Marshall, however, has stated that it would take the perfect storm for him to even consider leaving Wichita State.