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Report: WVU Assistant Erik Martin a Finalist for Cincinnati Coaching Job

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Long-time Bob Huggins assistant coach Erik Martin could be on the cusp of his first head coaching job, according to reports.

Martin reportedly interviewed to be the head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday and is supposed to be on UC athletic director John Cunningham’s shortlist for the position. A Cincinnati graduate, Martin played for the Bearcats under Huggins for two seasons from 1991-93, averaging 13.5 points as a senior in 1992-93. Huggins first hired Martin as an assistant in 2006 while at Kansas State. Martin followed Huggins to WVU in 2007 and has been on the Mountaineers’ staff ever since.

Martin told WCPO 9 in Cincinnati that he would love for his first head coaching job to be in the state of Ohio.

“If the world was perfect, and I understand the world isn’t perfect, I would love it if my first [head coaching] job was in the state of Ohio because that is home for me now and I’ve done so much recruiting in the state of Ohio,” Martin said. “I’d love to be in Ohio, but if I got a head [coaching] job somewhere else, that’d be fine too. But in a perfect world, I would love it if my first job was in the state of Ohio.”

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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