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Former Winthrop basketball coach says university wanted "indentured servitude"


Winthrop University is responding to comments made by their former basketball coach about his time spent at the university.

Gregg Marshall, who is now the coach of Final Four-bound Wichita State, coached the Winthrop Eagles from 1998-2007.

In an interview with CBSSports.com, Marshall said he turned down an offer to remain at Winthrop because it was "indentured servitude."

"They were going to put my name on the floor," Marshall said, "but they weren't going to let me leave. It was iron clad. I had to stay all 10 years. It was indentured servitude. I said, ‘That's BS I've been here nine years, been to seven NCAA tournaments,'" Marshall said in the interview.

Winthrop University President Anthony DiGiorgia responded to the article and the comment Tuesday afternoon.

"The offer made back then was genuine, fair and would have been binding on both parties – no ‘involuntary servitude' required. We enjoyed having Gregg and what he added at Winthrop,  and have followed his continuing success with great pleasure. We look forward to this weekend's game."

Winthrop ended its basketball season with a loss to Charleston Southern in the Big South Tournament.

Wichita State is set to face Louisville in the Final Four on Saturday in Atlanta.

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