Rumors have been flying around in recent weeks that several high major programs are taking at least a look at the possibility of luring Cuonzo Martin away from California. Martin has been mentioned as a possible candidate should Illinois fire John Groce, a possible candidate for the now-vacant post at NC State and as a possible candidate to replace Kim Anderson at Missouri.
Asked for a response to these rumors on Tuesday, Martin said "I don't think there's a response."
Martin, a former shooting guard for Purdue under Gene Keady, is from East St. Louis, Ill., and coached at Missouri State, so the Illini and the Tigers are two programs which each make a measure of sense.
BearTerritory requested Martin's full contract extension one week ago, under the Public Records Act, but has not received a response from the UC Berkeley Department of Public Records.
UPDATE: According to the contract extension obtained by BearTerritory on March 8, Martin (or whoever would hire him away) would have to pay the University $1.2 million, if he terminates the contract prior to April 14, 2017. The entire extended contract is linked below.
On Tuesday, before the Bears (19-11, 10-8 in Pac-12) depart for Las Vegas and the Pac-12 Tournament, BearTerritory asked Martin about the rumors surrounding his possible departure.
"My job, I work for Cal," Martin said. "That's what it means for me. I didn't have a response last year, when things were taking place. My job is to do my job, and I work for Cal, and that is the most important thing for me. Anything other than that, I don't consume myself with it."