Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall spoke at length during American Athletic Conferece media day Monday in Philadelphia. Here’s a collection of Marshall’s thoughts:
On the difference in road trips in the AAC compared to the Missouri Valley:
“We’re excited about all the major-league cities,” Marshall said. “Nothing against Peoria or Cedar Falls or Carbondale, Ill., but now you’ve got Orlando and Dallas and Houston and New Orleans, Cincinnati, and on and on and on. Maybe we can catch an NBA game when we’re in town or have a nice steak somewhere.”
On Wichita State joining the AAC as a basketball-only school:
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“There’s not football at our school. A lot of schools – I’m not going to name names – but when the football team is playing, you have a 15,000-seat stadium and there’s 4,000 people there. We don’t have that issue. We don’t wear helmets in Wichita.”
On if giving Missouri Valley traditions was a hard transition for Wichita State:
“There’s probably someone in their living room right now that’s complaining we’re not going to play Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois anymore,” Marshall said. “But 100 percent of the people who have talked to me are ecstatic about the change and ecstatic about the new destinations. There will be a sea of yellow and black at every American arena because our fans are so great.”
On Cincinnati being picked over Wichita State in the coaches’ poll:
“I was a little fearful of being picked No. 1, to be honest,” Marshall said. “I put myself in the position if I’m in the Missouri Valley again and we added a program and they’re picked to win the league, I would go, ‘Hold up, we play pretty good basketball here.’ That’s what every one of these coaches here is saying. There’s a new team moving up in weight class in our conference and they’re picked to win it? I wouldn’t like that.”
On how the move to the AAC affects recruiting for Wichita State:
“Bottom line is we’re going to try to bring in the best players we can,” Marshall said. “But now we can bring Zach Brown home to Houston. Now we can take guys home to Dallas and Tampa, places like that. So it helps.”