Cuonzo Martin

Cuonzo Martin is headed back to the Midwest. Martin resigned as the head coach at the University of California on Tuesday and has reportedly agreed to become the next basketball coach for the Missouri Tigers.

According to, the East St. Louis native agreed to a 7-year deal worth more than $21 million to lead the Tigers.

"We are thrilled that Cuonzo is returning to the Midwest and that his family will now call Columbia home," Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said in a statement. "From the outset of our search, our goal was to find a coach who had demonstrated success, academically and on the court, while also sharing our values and who can help to reignite interest in Mizzou men's basketball among our fan base."

Martin will have his hands full at Mizzou, which finished 8-24 on the season. The Tigers have not reached the NCAA Tournament since the 2012-13 season under Frank Haith.

Martin, went 62-39 in three seasons at Cal, including a NCAA tournament berth in 2016. He has developed a reputation as a formidable recruiter, a skill Kim Anderson lacked. 

Michael Porter Sr. is a name that keeps popping up as a potential assistant coach on Martin's staff. Porter was an assistant coach at the University of Washington, but head coach Lorenzo Romar and his staff were fired after a 9-22 season. 

Porter's son, Michael Jr. is one of the top recruits in the class of 2017. He is expected to de-commit from Washington with the coaching change. There's a decent chance he will follow his father to Mizzou. His sisters Bri and Sierra Porter play for the Mizzou women's basketball team.

Martin previously served as head coach at Tennessee and Missouri State. 

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