Cuonzo Martin resigns as Cal men's basketball head coach

Martin, 45, is an East St. Louis native who previously coached at Missouri State and Tennessee.

We'll update this post as the coaching situation in Bloomington continues to develop.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN first tweeted about the potential move early Wednesday afternoon before Cal announced later on Wednesday afternoon that Martin resigned to "pursue other opportunities".

Missouri recently fired head coach Kim Anderson after three-straight last place finishes in the SEC. reported that Mizzou offered Martin a five-year contract for $3.5 million per year.

California assistant Wyking Jones was named the interim head coach, per a source. The campaign came to a halt on Tuesday when the program dropped its first-round game in the NIT against Cal State-Bakersfield, 77-63.

ESPN reports California head coach Cuonzo Martin "is considering" joining the Tigers after being offered the job. Cal was 21-13 this season and earned an NIT berth.

Martin brings a resume to Columbia that includes two NCAA Tournament appearances and six 20-win seasons, but the regular-season success hasn't translated into many deep runs in the postseason.

This leaves the Pac-12 with one coaching vacancy after Washington chose to keep Lorenzo Romar after the worst season in school history. He will become Missouri's fifth head coach since 1999. Martin went on to play at Purdue and later had a four-year National Basketball Association career with the Atlanta Hawks.



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