Indiana has hired a new staff member as former Marist head coach Chuck Martin will join the Hoosiers, according to a report from Jon Rothstein at CBSSports.com.
Martin replaces former assistant coach Kenny Johnson, who took the same position at Louisville earlier this spring.
The 44-year-old Martin was the head coach at Marist for five seasons and finished with a 41-117 career record. The Red Foxes never finished better than eighth in the MAAC with Martin at the helm.
Martin also spent time under John Calipari from 2006-2008 as an assistant coach at Memphis — including the 2007-08 season the Tigers made the national title game — as well as stops at St. John’s, Drexel, UMass and Manhattan.
A native of New York and graduate of Monmouth in 1993, Martin played point guard for two seasons after spending two seasons at Champlain Junior College.
Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.
Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.
Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.
The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.
John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.
We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.
For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.
Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.
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