The head coach of a former Missouri State men’s basketball rival is under investigation by his university after several accusations of misconduct surfaced, according to multiple reports.
Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall confirmed to The Athletic on Thursday that the investigation was ongoing. University officials declined to comment for that report.
Current Missouri State head coach Dana Ford served on Marshall’s staff on multiple occasions — notably as an assistant at Chipola in 2008-09 and Wichita State in 2011-12. Neither Ford’s name, nor the years he coached with Marshall, appeared in any reports.
The two separated before the 2012-13 season when Ford accepted an associate head coaching position at Illinois State — his alma mater. Ford previously gave Marshall a two-year commitment before leaving after his first year.
Ford told the News-Leader upon his hiring at MSU that the two hadn’t talked since he decided to leave. The News-Leader made multiple requests to Wichita State in 2018 to talk to Marshall about his time with Ford and was denied.
The Athletic reported that school officials have interviewed players on the current Wichita State team and past teams. Notable allegations from the 2015-16 season include Marshall allegedly punching a player between the shoulders and near the neck.
Another allegation said Marshall followed a student who parked in his parking space and blocked him at an intersection, according to The Athletic. The report says Marshall attempted to punch the student through the driver’s window.
Marshall didn’t respond to questions about allegations, according to The Athletic.
In the hours after The Athletic reported its story, college basketball insider Jeff Goodman reported a story of his own with similar allegations as a part of Stadium’s six-month investigation.
Stadium’s story cited sources alleging Marshall physically and verbally abused members of the program and demeaned his players with ethnic and racial slurs. The story included allegations of Marshall choking an assistant coach in 2016-17. Marshall nor the assistant responded to Stadium’s request for comment.
The report from Stadium said Wichita State hired a law firm, Tueth Keeney out of St. Louis, to conduct an investigation.
Both investigations into the Wichita State head coach came after six scholarship players and a walk-on decided to transfer during the spring of 2019.
Wichita State left the Missouri Valley Conference in April 2017. Before then, Marshall led the Shockers to a Final Four appearance in 2013 and five Valley titles. In 2013-14, the Shockers were 34-0 entering the NCAA Tournament before losing in the second round.
Wichita State moved to the American Athletic Conference in 2017 and hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since its first year in the league.
Marshall is 20-4 against Missouri State as the head coach of the Shockers — including games during the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The two schools haven’t played each other since WSU left the conference.
Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter at @WyattWheeler_NL. You can subscribe to his free “Bears Beat” newsletter on News-Leader.com. He’s also the co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 p.m.