Wichita State courting Winthrop's Marshall

Updated: April 13, 2007, 12:33 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Wichita State has zeroed in on Winthrop's Gregg Marshall as its top candidate to replace recently departed basketball coach Mark Turgeon, multiple sources close to the situation told ESPN.com.

Marshall was expected to tour the campus on Friday, but it was unclear whether an offer would be tendered during his visit to Wichita. An offer, or a decision by Marshall on whether he would accept the job if offered, could be made by the end of the weekend.

Turgeon was introduced on April 10 as Texas A&M's new coach. He replaced Billy Gillispie, who was hired by Kentucky.

Turgeon coached Wichita State for seven seasons, winning the Missouri Valley Conference and leading the Shockers to the Sweet 16 in 2006. He compiled a 128-89 record with the Shockers.

Marshall has been a hot name in job searches this spring. He was the top choice for the South Florida opening and visited the campus, but withdrew at the last minute. That job ultimately went to former Arkansas coach Stan Heath. Marshall also was a finalist at New Mexico and Arkansas and was on a short list at Texas A&M, too.

Marshall is a hot name because of what he has done at Winthrop, leading the Eagles to seven NCAA Tournament appearances in nine seasons. This season he led the Eagles to a 29-5 record, an unblemished 14-0 record in the Big South and second-round NCAA Tournament appearance after beating Notre Dame in the first round. He is 194-83 in nine seasons there.

Marshall has been offered a 10-year contract at Winthrop, with an increase in salary from $270,000 to $400,000. But the Wichita State job could pay upwards of $750,000 a year, which was what Turgeon was making before his departure. Wichita State, with its passionate fan base and impressive facilities, is considered one of the top three jobs in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Senior writer Andy Katz covers college basketball for ESPN.com.

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