Report: Steve Forbes named assistant coach at Wichita State

Tennessee assistants Houston Fancher, center, assistant Mark Pancratz, right and assistant Steve Forbes watch as the Vols play Arkansas during the first round of the SEC Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., March 10, 2011.  Fancher and Pancratz were reunited on the Tennessee staff Thursday after new coach Cuonzo Martin offered Pancratz the role of coordinator of video scouting, the job held by Fancher under Bruce Pearl. Fancher has already been named one of Martin's assistants after serving as interim coach following Pearl's firing.

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Tennessee assistants Houston Fancher, center, assistant Mark Pancratz, right and assistant Steve Forbes watch as the Vols play Arkansas during the first round of the SEC Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., March 10, 2011. Fancher and Pancratz were reunited on the Tennessee staff Thursday after new coach Cuonzo Martin offered Pancratz the role of coordinator of video scouting, the job held by Fancher under Bruce Pearl. Fancher has already been named one of Martin's assistants after serving as interim coach following Pearl's firing.

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

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VolunteerLifer writes:

Report: Steve Forbes named assistant coach at Wichita State

That's quite a comedown from one of the nation's leading businessmen and business writers. Doesn't Steve write Forbes magazine?

tovolny writes:

Okay, that is good news. I wish Forbes and Jones good fortunes ahead. All these guys including Bruce Pearl are essentially good people. To think that a barbecue for a 16 year old to celebrate her birthday started all the uproar is still unbelievable. And, a hotel allowing a family of a recruit to register at 3 in the morning instead of staying up the rest of the night and checking in at 9 is something that should not have been held against anybody. An untruth used to protect the situation, but soon corrected should not have been confounded with all the devastation that developed. I wish someone would make a movie so the real story could be revealed. Bruce Pearl put UT basketball in the bigtime, and for this I am grateful. Amen.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to tovolny:

Okay, that is good news. I wish Forbes and Jones good fortunes ahead. All these guys including Bruce Pearl are essentially good people. To think that a barbecue for a 16 year old to celebrate her birthday started all the uproar is still unbelievable. And, a hotel allowing a family of a recruit to register at 3 in the morning instead of staying up the rest of the night and checking in at 9 is something that should not have been held against anybody. An untruth used to protect the situation, but soon corrected should not have been confounded with all the devastation that developed. I wish someone would make a movie so the real story could be revealed. Bruce Pearl put UT basketball in the bigtime, and for this I am grateful. Amen.

Witch Doctor agree with EVERYTHING you said..except...
Witch Doctor say it was a cookout..
Witch Doctor say BBQ sloooow may take many many hours of prep..not including a prolong cooking over a slooow firs that may take up to a day.
Witch Doctor say BBQ never hurts..cookouts kill.
Bones never lie.
(lol)

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor agree with EVERYTHING you said..except...
Witch Doctor say it was a cookout..
Witch Doctor say BBQ sloooow may take many many hours of prep..not including a prolong cooking over a slooow firs that may take up to a day.
Witch Doctor say BBQ never hurts..cookouts kill.
Bones never lie.
(lol)

...over a slooow *fire. Witch Doctor drooling and lost train of thought for moment there..BBQ mmmmmmmmm
BNL

tovolny writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

...over a slooow *fire. Witch Doctor drooling and lost train of thought for moment there..BBQ mmmmmmmmm
BNL

YOU ARE RIGHT. Lllllloooowwwww and S L O w for the cue and hot and now for the COOKOUT. Thanks for setting me straight.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to tovolny:

YOU ARE RIGHT. Lllllloooowwwww and S L O w for the cue and hot and now for the COOKOUT. Thanks for setting me straight.

Witch Doctor say Bruce called it a BBQ...which means this..if he had just said..well we threw some Hotdogs and Burgers on the grill....?
Bones never lie.

ActualUTAlum writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say Bruce called it a BBQ...which means this..if he had just said..well we threw some Hotdogs and Burgers on the grill....?
Bones never lie.

For the love of God, stop posting.

CoverOrange writes:

Congrats to Forbes, one of very very very few to come back to Div 1. If for some reason Martin moves on in a few years, I would consider Forbes. Not that I have a choice.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to ActualUTAlum:

For the love of God, stop posting.

Witch Doctor say for the love of God...stop whining. Witch Doctor say use the powers of ignore instead of whimpering of your tears.
Bones never lie.

OrangePride writes:

Good to see Steve back in Div 1. He got swept up in something that was neither his doing or intention. I always felt the show cause orders to be excessive in both his and Jones' cases. Wishing him all the best.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to OrangePride:

Good to see Steve back in Div 1. He got swept up in something that was neither his doing or intention. I always felt the show cause orders to be excessive in both his and Jones' cases. Wishing him all the best.

Ditto; agree with all. All of these guys will eventually have decent jobs and rightly so. Great opportunity for Steve; WSU will be a handful for the Vols this year. Looking back on a very successful season, the Shcckers HAVE to feel they let one get away at UT last year.

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