Wichita State coach investigated for abusive behavior toward players, assistants: reports

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One of college basketball's most prominent mid-major programs has been rocked by allegations of misconduct against its head coach.

Wichita State men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall was reportedly under investigation amid reports that he verbally and physically abused his assistant coaches and players on countless occasions over several years.

In one such alleged incident, former Shockers forward Shaquille Morris claims Marshall punched him twice during a 2015 practice, according to Stadium. The outlet also reported that three eyewitnesses saw Marshall choke assistant coach Kyle Lindsted several years ago.

Those were just two of many incidents in which Marshall appeared to lose control, the report said, citing more than 30 current and former members of the Wichita State program.

Other allegations from the Stadium report say Marshall made racist and bigoted remarks to players of Native American and Colombian descent. Marshall "body-shamed" another player who was subsequently dealing with depression, the story said, and once confronted a student-athlete from a different sport who had parked in Marshall's parking spot.

Marshall confirmed the investigation, The Athletic reported, and said he has cooperated and welcomes its conclusion.

"I'm aware the university conducted interviews and I fully participated in the process," Marshall said in a text message. "I look forward to having it wrapped up as I continue to focus my energy on our team."

Marshall has coached the Shockers to a 331-121 record since he took the reins in 2007. His 13-year run of excellence has included seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament, most famously including a Final Four run in 2012-13. They also won the NIT two years earlier.

The 57-year-old coach is reportedly under contract through 2022, earning around $3.5M annually.

The troubling reports harken back to several similar such incidents involving high-profile college sports coaches. Rutgers basketball coach Tim Rice was fired in 2013 amid similarly disturbing allegations. Legendary Indiana coach Bob Knight was dismissed in 2000 under similar circumstances, though he later resurfaced at Texas Tech.

One source didn't mince words about Marshall.

“He’s a maniac, a bully,” a former assistant told Stadium. “He disrespects people, brings up personal stuff, family, girlfriends.”