Darrin Horn has been fired as South Carolina’s basketball coach, and almost certainly the next coach of the Gamecocks will be Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall. Horn, who was hired by the Gamecocks after leading Western Kentucky to the Sweet 16 in 2008, sputtered at South Carolina (60-63) and in the last two years, with mostly players he recruited, SC was awful (24-37).
Barring a lowball offer by AD Eric Hyman, Marshall should be the next coach. He’s from South Carolina. He coached in South Carolina at Winthrop for nine years, and took them to the NCAA tourney seven times (1-8). He’s got family in South Carolina.
This is a no-brainer. Additionally, Marshall has a senior-laden team at Wichita State – his four top scorers will graduate – and he’d be going to an SEC that should be down again (Kentucky, Florida, and Vanderbilt will all be losing tons of talent).