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Earlier this year, there was much speculation about whether Missouri State University’s Men’s Basketball Coach Cuonzo Martin was considering leaving his post at Missouri State for other opportunities. This appears to be the case, as the 39-year-old Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year announced his resignation on Sunday. KSMU’S Mike Donnelly reports.
Martin announced that he would be leaving Missouri State to take up coaching for the University of Tennessee Volunteers’ program. The announcement left some players and fans shocked, given this season’s overall success, since many were expecting for Martin to stay around at least one more year to make another drive for the NCAA Tournament.
Coach Martin lead the Bears to a 26-9 record this season. Although they lost to Indiana State in the final round of the MVC tournament, they advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. Last year, Martin lead the charge for the Bears to ultimately win the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament, beating out Pacific in the final game to become the 2010 CIT Champions.
According to the MSU Athletics website, a search for a new coach will begin immediately with no specified deadline. No one from the department was available for comment.