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Wichita State Coach Resigns in Wake of Abuse Probe

Paul Steinbach

Gregg Marshall, the winningest men's basketball coach in Wichita State University history, resigned Tuesday following an investigation into alleged abusive behavior toward student-athletes and staff.

As reported by ESPN, the school will pay $7.75 million over six years to Marshall, who took the Shockers job in 2007, then led the team to the 2013 NCAA Final Four and a 35-1 record the following year.

"This was a difficult decision, but one I feel was necessary for my family, the university and, most importantly, the student-athletes," Marshall said. "I remain grateful for my years spent at Wichita State. I wish to thank the coaches, student-athletes, the university, the community and all of Shocker Nation for their unending dedication, support and loyalty. I am incredibly proud of this men's basketball program and all it has achieved over the past 14 years and am confident of its continued success."

Assistant coach Isaac Brown will serve as the team's interim head coach.

Just before announcing his resignation, Marshall met with the team and staff and told them to move forward under Brown and "shock the world," a source within the program told ESPN's Myron Medcalf. While the allegations against Marshall were severe, "no one took [the announcement] easy" because multiple players on the current team had rallied behind Marshall amid the turmoil, the source said.

"Our student-athletes are our primary concern," WSU athletic director Darron Boatright said. "While the university acknowledges the success of the basketball program under Coach Marshall, this decision is in the best interest of the university, its student-athletes and the WSU community. WSU will continue its pursuit of excellence with the help of its student-athletes, staff and loyal supporters of the basketball program."

The Athletic initially reported multiple allegations against Marshall from the 2015-16 season, including Marshall pushing and later punching former player Shaquille Morris; Marshall putting one of his hands around a staff member's neck; and Marshall following and trying to punch a student-athlete in another sport who parked in his parking spot.

Morris told Stadium that Marshall punched him during a practice. Following a foul, Morris said he went to help teammate Zach Brown up and was then struck with a punch by Marshall. The incident, according to Morris, came the same day he told Marshall that his mother had cancer.

Stadium also reported that the staff member whom Marshall attempted to choke was former assistant coach Kyle Lindsted, who is now at Minnesota.

Other allegations reported by Stadium, which talked to more than 30 current and former members of the program, included Marshall body-shaming a player who is now dealing with anxiety and depression; Marshall making "Indian howling noises" and telling Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler, who is of Native American descent, "to get back on his horse"; Marshall telling Colombian center Jaime Echenique he would be "a great coffee bean picker"; and Marshall telling Erik Stevenson that he was "afraid of brothers, guys raised by their grandparents eating PB&Js."

Wichita State saw a mass exodus from its basketball program last spring, with eight players initially entering the transfer portal. One player, Morris Udeze, ultimately returned to the Shockers.

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