Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall expected to be talking about his Top 10 program a lot more at the start of the 2017-18 Season. Instead, the eventful offseason college basketball has had means the head coach is spending more time defending his sport.
Marshall joined The Jim Rome Show on Thursday and talked candidly about the ongoing FBI investigation that looms large over college basketball. And the 2014 National Coach of the Year didn’t hide his thoughts.
“I’ve been in this business for 33 years, so you know there’s some stuff going on. You just don’t know how or who,” Marshall said. “But now when the FBI gets involved and people could actually go to jail. It’s a wakeup call. And to be honest, I’m kind of glad. I don’t want anyone to go to jail, I really don’t. I want them out of our game if that’s what they’re doing.”
The seven-time Big South and five-time Missouri Valley Conference champion has built his programs from the ground up since earning his first opportunity at Winthrop in 1998. And now that he’s won 30 games in four of the past five seasons Wichita State, he’d like the programs that have cut corners exposed.
“I want to see the playing field leveled. It’s almost like, there should be a championship for those who do, and a championship for those who don’t,” Marshall said. “It’s just ridiculous that people are doing this. They’re trying to enrich themselves and make money off the backs of kids, and it’s just ugly, and I hate it.”
In his tenth season as the Shockers head coach, the 54-year-old might have strong feelings about the corruption in the game, but he still believes that most people in his sport are doing things the right way.
“There are bad people in every profession, and unfortunately ours is public right now. But there are a ton of people that do it right,” Marshall said. “Every day they’re improving the lives of the young people they work with and coach.
“I know there’s a lot of negativity right now with what’s going on with the UCLA thing, but honestly our guys aren’t perfect, and I’m not perfect. But I tell you what, it will be hard for you to find a group of young men, seventeen young men, with higher character as a group than what we have in that locker room.”