Cuonzo Martin steps down as California's coach after NIT loss

According to ESPN's Paul Finebaum, Martin also had an $18 million contract offer from IL that he turned down.

Martin played on two straight IHSA Class AA state championship teams at now-closed East St. Louis Lincoln High School, where he was a teammate of LaPhonso Ellis.

But the longtime assistant at Purdue, where he enjoyed a four-year playing career, was portrayed by some Cal supporters as an underachiever for losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season and failing to get back to The Dance this year. His team's season ended on Tuesday night with a loss of Cal State-Bakersfield in the first round of the NIT.

Goodman reports that Martin and Missouri are finalizing a 7-year contract. Missouri later confirmed the hire of its 19th head basketball coach in a release.

Martin comes to Columbia after three years at California, where he was 62-39 and made one NCAA Tournament and one NIT.

Martin has made coaching changes n three-year increments. He has been to the NCAA Tournament twice, leading the Volunteers to the Sweet 16 in 2014 and Cal to a No. 4 seed in 2016, where they lost in the first round.

Martin started his head coaching experience with the Missouri State Bears in 2008.

The "Courtship of Cuonzo" may not last long.

Missouri has offered a head coaching job to California head coach Cuonzo Martin, according to ESPN.

This leaves the Pac-12 with one coaching vacancy after Washington chose to keep Lorenzo Romar after the worst season in school history.

Cuonzo Martin is expected to be named the new men's basketball coach at Missouri.

This story will be updated.

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