One would not imagine Cal State Northridge basketball would be having the craziest week in the sport. However, the firing of head coach Reggie Theus has turned very ugly.
Theus was let go on Tuesday. The former UNLV and NBA star finished just 6-24 in his final year as head coach of the Matadors.
In his first year, Theus’s team almost made a surprise run to the NCAA Tournament, but lost in the Big West championship game. That team, at 17-18, had the best record of his tenure at CSUN.
At the time, it appeared that CSUN administrators might’ve just left Martin in place to fire Theus, before doing the same to him. Instead, there seems to be far more to the story.
According to Goodman, the two men had a “heated verbal altercation” when Martin fired Reggie Theus.
CSUN has confirmed that Theus has filed a battery complaint against Martin. From ESPN:
“A complaint of battery on a person was made to the CSUN Department of police services by Reggie Theus against Brandon Martin,” Glavin said. “This case is under investigation and we are not releasing any further details at this time.”
Martin informed Theus he was being let go, and the two proceeded to get into a heated verbal altercation, a source close to the situation told ESPN. The source said Martin and Theus have had a tenuous relationship for years.
The source also told ESPN that no punches were thrown, though the incident did involve the two men being chest to chest.
It is unclear what constitutes battery in this case, if it was just a chest-to-chest verbal confrontation, but we may find more out in that regard. In any event, this was an ugly turn for CSUN’s program.
Theus, a two-time NBA All-Star with the Chicago Bulls and former head coach at New Mexico State and the Sacramento Kings, had a 53-105 mark in five years at CSUN. Martin had been at the school since 2013.