Missouri has landed their next head coach.
Cuonzo Martin has resigned as head coach of Cal and has agreed to a 7-year deal worth $21 million, first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
Cuonzo Martin’s deal is 7 years and worth a little more than $21 million, source told ESPN. https://t.co/ffkX7oEjQp
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 15, 2017
After things reportedly broke down between Indiana’s Tom Crean and Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk, Missouri moved in a different direction, targeting Martin as its guy.
Greg Marshall of Wichita State was also a name fans wanted to see in the mix, but likely was out of Sterk’s price range and was going to cost too many resources to get a deal done.
Martin, a native of East St. Louis, has ties to Missouri and will be expected to bring in some talent from the area to Missouri in the coming years.
Martin informed Cal of his decision to resign from the program, Wednesday morning.
“Cuonzo Martin informed me this morning that he is resigning to accept a position at another school. We put forth our best effort to retain him, but he told me it wasn’t about Cal, rather a strong desire to move closer to home,” Cal athletic director Mike Williams stated in a news release.
Martin went 62-39 has the Golden Bears head coach, taking them to the NCAA tournament in 2016.
This is a developing story, we will update it more throughout the day