Cal coach Cuonzo Martin has resigned, will pursue other opportunities

Former Tennessee basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin has been offered Missouri's head job, according to an ESPN report. Martin completed his third year as head coach in Berkeley.

Martin has been viewed as a candidate for the vacancies at IL and Missouri.

Athletic director Mike Williams says Martin informed him he was taking a job elsewhere. His Golden Bears were bounced from the first round of the NIT Tuesday night after being upset at home by Cal State Bakersfield.

"We appreciate all that Cuonzo has done with our men's basketball program over the past three seasons, creating excitement inside Haas Pavilion, guiding our team to a pair of postseason appearances and improving the academic performance of our student-athletes".

In recent weeks, Missouri has also explored IN coach Tom Crean as a candidate. Butler's Chris Holtmann and Baylor's Scott Drew, both coaching in the NCAA Tournament, have also been on Sterk's radar since Kim Anderson was sacked last month.

The Bears lost to Indiana State in the Valley tournament title game in the 2010-11 season, then accepted an NIT bid and lost at Miami (Florida) in the second round. Wyking Jones will take over in the interim as the head coach while the search for a new coach continues.

Martin resigned after three seasons at Cal on Wednesday, to "pursue other opportunities", the school announced.

Martin is a natural fit for Missouri and IL given his ties to the area.

  • Julie Sanders