Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall is a hot name in college hoops right now after having great success with the Shockers. It seems like Marshall is set to move on from WSU with several power five conference schools looking to interview him for their coaching vacancies.
Today Marshall is set to sit down with University of Alabama athletic director Bill Battle and hear out his recruiting pitch.
Alabama athletic director Bill Battle will meet with Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall on Monday to discuss the Crimson Tide’s opening, a source told CBSSports.com.
The meeting will take place in Wichita, the source said.
CBSSports.com reported last week that Alabama’s administration is determined, one way or another, to make a big hire to replace Anthony Grant in response to Auburn employing Bruce Pearl last March, and Marshall is essentially alone atop the wish-list. Alabama cannot offer Marshall great basketball tradition, school officials understand. But one source said they plan to pitch “piles of money, an athletic department with a culture of winning and every resource he needs to compete with anybody on a national level.” It’s possible football coach Nick Saban could eventually be involved in what will be high-profile recruitment.
“Alabama is gonna go big,” one source said.
The Tuscaloosa News is also reporting the meeting between Battle and Marshall. Sources have told CBSSports.com Alabama’s offer will be in excess of $3 million per year and that the school could present a package approaching six years and $20-plus million.
Seems like Alabama is poised to make Marshall is a very large offer in an attempt to bring him to Tuscaloosa. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they got a deal done in the near future with the kind of numbers are being thrown around.