Wichita State men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall has resigned and agreed to a $7.7 million settlement following the school's internal investigation into allegations of verbal and physical abuse, including claims he punched a player and choked an assistant.
The settlement will be paid out over six years, the Kansas university announced Tuesday. Wichita State has not revealed the findings of its internal investigation.
Assistant coach Isaac Brown was promoted to interim head coach as the Shockers approach their season opener on November 25.
In October, the school announced that it had hired a St. Louis law firm to conduct an internal probe into Marshall's behavior following reports of abuse from Stadium and The Athletic.
'This was a difficult decision, but one I feel was necessary for my family, the university and, most importantly, the student-athletes,' Marshall said in a statement.
'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.'
Marshall was entering his 14th season with the Shockers after posting a 524-204 record in his career and a 331-121 mark at Wichita State, a mid-major school be guided to the NCAA Final Four in 2013.
In October, Stadium reported eyewitness claims that the 57-year-old Marshall choked assistant coach Kyle Lindsted during the 2016-17 season and punched Shockers forward Shaq Morris in 2015. He has denied the allegations, calling them an 'unrelenting character assassination.
'In response to the allegations put forward in the media, I simply state unequivocally that I have never physically struck a player or colleague,' Marshall wrote in an October statement. 'Allegations claiming otherwise are false.'
While Marshall's resignation may not have been a complete surprise, his settlement was curiously high, according to Stadium's Jeff Goodman, who compared the situation to former Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie being dismissed empty handed for minor NCAA compliance issues in 2018.
'UConn wouldn’t give Kevin Ollie the money he was owed for minor rules violations,' Goodman tweeted. 'Wichita State gives Gregg Marshall $7.75 million after punching a player, choking an assistant and numerous incidents of verbal abuse. What the hell are we doing here?'
Goodman reported that one unidentified former Shockers player called the settlement a 'joke.'
The school's inquiry began after Wichita State learned Stadium was conducting an investigation that included interviews with 36 players and former coaches.
'He's a maniac, a bully,' an unidentified former assistant told Stadium. 'He disrespects people, brings up personal stuff, family, girlfriends.'
As Morris told Stadium, the 2015 incident when he committed a hard foul in practice against teammate Zach Brown.
'I went over to help [Brown] up, and as I was helping him up to make sure he was okay, 'bam' – I'm struck on the left side of my face with a punch,' Morris said.
'I turned back with my fists ready to punch or swing,' he continued. 'I don't know who did what and I see Marshall standing there. I turned around and started walking out.'
One player said Marshall called Morris a 'motherf***er' while another said the Coach accused the player of committing the foul intentionally.
The fact that Morris's back was turned when Marshall punched him stuck out to several of the six witnesses who spoke with Stadium.
'Shaq walks away and Marshall punches him in the back of the head,' a former player told Stadium. 'I'm in disbelief. He's done flagrant stuff, but that was probably the reason I [transferred]. I lost respect for him as a man.'