Central Connecticut men’s basketball coach Donyell Marshall and assistant coach Anthony Anderson will not be on the sideline tonight for the opener at Hartford and will also miss Sunday’s game at Rutgers while both are under investigation for a “personnel matter” school officials said Friday.
Central made the initial announcement on Nov. 2, hours before the Blue Devils’ home exhibition game against Nyack in which assistants Mike Witcoskie and Anthony Ross handled the coaching duties in the 65-62 win. They will handle those responsibilities for the next two games as well.
Central officials would not comment any further on the matter Friday. Neither Marshall nor Anderson could be reached for comment, but sources said the investigation is believed to involve a verbal dispute between Marshall and Anderson during a practice before the Nyack game that led to the two coaches coming chest-to-chest a couple of times. It happened after practice so no players saw what happened.
A source at the school said the entire matter should have not reached the level it has but it was brought to human resources. Central does not have an athletic director in place and is still looking to fill the role left void by Paul Schlickmann who left for Fairfield in September.
Marshall, 44, is in his second season as the Blue Devils’ head coach. The 1994 Big East Player of the Year and consensus first team All-American out of UConn, played 15 seasons before embarking on a coaching career, beginning at George Washington in 2010. He was also an assistant at Rider and Buffalo before landing the job to replacement Howie Dickenman in the spring of 2016.
Anderson is a 20-year assistant including 16 at the Division I level.
“[Anderson] is a talented evaluator, a pitbull in recruiting and he's driven to win," Marshall said of Anderson when he announced his hiring last May. "He's been able to recruit and bring in guys everywhere he's been and at the highest level.
“As a veteran coach he shares a similar philosophy and style to mine. I've known him for close to 20 years, dating back to Five Star Basketball Camp. He had a successful playing career at McNeese State and will be able help work with our guards."