Mizzou Offers Basketball Head Coach Job to Cuonzo Martin

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A source close to the Missouri coaching search tells Crimson Quarry that the coaching search in Columbia may be coming to an end, but it won't be an announcement of Tom Crean taking the head job for the Tigers. He started at Missouri State in 1008, went to Tennessee after that and then moved on to Cal.

Martin mulling decision over.

Martin is a native of East St. Louis who played his college basketball at Purdue.

Martin's Cal teams had a 62-39 overall record in three seasons.

Mizzou Athletic Director Jim Sterk has tapped Cuonzo Martin, head coach at California, to replace Kim Anderson as Mizzou head coach. ESPN reported that Martin's deal is seven years for a total of a little more than $21 million, but Missouri has yet to release contract details.

Martin, 45, coached three seasons at Missouri State, compiling a 61-41 record and leading the team to the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title in the 2010-11 season.

Assistant Wyking Jones will serve as Cal's interim head coach.

Two names that might make sense for Cal as it pursues a new full-time head coach are Randy Bennett of St. Mary's and Nevada's Eric Musselman.

Martin's squads also posted high marks in the classroom as well, recording a flawless single-year April score of 1000 in 2014-15 and demonstrating the highest overall increase in grade point average, from 2.60 to 2.84 in 2015-16.

The hire by Missouri brings both playing and coaching experience to the table.

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