One down, three to go.
According to CBSSports.com, former Tennessee men's basketball assistant Steve Forbes has “reached an agreement in principle” to join Gregg Marshall's staff at Wichita State.
Forbes was a member of former coach Bruce Pearl’s staff at Tennessee. He was dismissed along with Pearl and fellow assistants Tony Jones and Jason Shay in March 2011 amid a recruiting violation and cover-up. Forbes, Jones and Shay all received one-year show-cause penalties from the NCAA which expired last August.
Forbes is the first member of Pearl’s old staff to garner a Division I coaching position. The other three remain on college basketball’s outskirts.
"I'm indebted to Coach Marshall and the WSU administration for believing in me," Forbes told CBSSports.com.
Wichita State is coming off a Final Four appearance in 2012-13 and will host the Vols in the back end of a home-and-home agreement this season.
Forbes worked as the coach at Northwest Florida State College over the past two seasons, accumulating a 62-6 record. Shay worked on Forbes’ staff at Northwest Florida as an assistant. It’s unclear whether he will remain at the school.
Pearl’s show-cause penalty is set to expire next August. He spent last season as an analyst for ESPN.
Jones served as Alcoa High School coach the past two years before stepping down this spring. He is pursuing a coaching job for next season, hoping to land somewhere as a Division I assistant.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn