Cuonzo Martin introduced as Missouri basketball coach

The University of Missouri introduced Cuonzo Martin as its 19th head men’s basketball coach, Monday at Mizzou Arena.

Athletic director Jim Sterk and chancellor Hank Foley introduced Martin in front of a large crowd at Mizzou Arena. A native of the state of Missouri, Martin is more than happy to be returning to the Show Me State.

“It just feels like home,” Martin said.

The details of Martin’s contract were released following the press conference.

According to the contract Martin will receive $21 million over seven years with $1.1 million in funding available for hiring his staff.

There have been rumors that the country’s top player in the class of 2017, Michael Porter Jr., will make the jump to Missouri.

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Martin wasn’t able to speak on the possibility of Porter Jr. making a return to Columbia, but it’s been reported that Martin will only hire Michael Porter Sr. as an assistant if his son commits to play for the Tigers.

With recruiting aside, Martin still believes Missouri has all the tools and resources to make a tournament run.

The Tigers finished the past season with a record of 8-24, but if Martin is able to bring in one or both of the Porter’s as well as 4-star guard C.J. Roberts, Missouri will have the opportunity to be immediately competitive once again in the SEC. 

As far as job security, Martin feels pretty happy returning to his home state, channeling a similar response to what Sterk said at his introductory press conference. 

“If Mizzou keeps me for 20 years I’m here for 20 years. This is it and I pray this is my final stop,” Martin said. 

Martin said he will work on recruiting the Midwest over the next few weeks as he puts together his staff of coaches and assistants. 

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