Friday, June 30, 2006

Winthrop's Gregg Marshall says April Fools to College of Charleston

Gregg Marshall, the Winthrop Mens Basketball coach, just two days ago accepted the Head Coaching position at C of C. He was a former assistant coach under former legendary coach John Kresse. They held a major news conference at the school to announce his hiring, but no contract was signed. Well news came out today that he had second thoughts and returned to Winthrop leaving C of C jilted at the alter.

Seems Coach Marshall has been following the career of former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins. If you can remember way back, 15 years to be exact, he pulled this same stunt. He was offered the coaching job at South Carolina where he graduated, only to decide two days later his heart was still with G. Tech. Cremins would later retire from the school and the game as a coach and is now a commentator. Time will tell if this will have an effect on Marshall's career. I would imagine he won't be at the top of any AD's list because of this stunt so in effect his entire career could be spent at Winthrop. Though he's made 6 NCAA tournament appearances in his 8 years there, there is only so much that a small D-1 school from the Big South can do in the post season. He's going to have trouble landing with a big school, the likes of which come with big money and national championship hopes. He won't get either at Winthrop.

Gregg Marshall is a good coach and I'm sure a great person but he basically just shot himself in the foot.


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