MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (April 10, 2021) — As the Cincinnati men’s basketball team is almost 24 hours into firing former head coach John Brannen, WVU assistant coach Erik Martin’s name has been thrown into the mix as a potential candidate to take over the helm at Cincinnati.
Martin has been WVU head coach Bob Huggins’ assistant since he went to coach at Kansas State for a season in 2006. Martin—a former player for Huggins—followed him to West Virginia in 2007.
It was reported by Justin Williams and Brian Hamilton of The Athletic that Huggins has been making calls and advocating for Martin’s return to Cincinnati.
It was also reported by Keith Jenkins of the Cincinnati Enquirer that former players at the University of Cincinnati are advocating Martin becoming head coach.
Martin played for the Bearcats from 1991-93, as he contributed a big role on their Final Four and Elite Eight runs.
“To be given the opportunity to coach at Cincinnati, what can I say? You can’t put it into words,” Martin told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I haven’t been a head coach before, but I’ve been learning from a hall of famer and I’ve spent enough time with him, and he’s spoken about some of the things that are a challenge at Cincinnati. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to be that guy that leads the university.”
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