Ohio State parts ways with men's basketball coach Thad Matta

Jun 06, 2017, 06:19
Ohio State parts ways with men's basketball coach Thad Matta

The Ohio State Buckeyes will be getting a new basketball coach after it was announced in a joint press conference Monday afternoon that Thad Matta was retiring from the program, effective immediately. Matta has agreed to help in the coaching search for his replacement, saying that he wants to see Ohio State win a national championship.

"I went through a year where I couldn't walk", Matta told Eleven Warriors.

His teams won at least 20 games in 12 consecutive seasons.

At 49 years old, with a 439-154 overall record between Ohio State, Xavier and Butler, Matta is among the 50 winningest active coaches in college basketball, while having coached the fewest seasons of those 50 coaches.

Matta's Buckeyes won five Big Ten regular-season titles and four Big Ten tournament championships. His first head coaching job was at Butler in 2000. "I don't know. I just felt as if I was to de-commit, actually take my time, figure everything out it would just be a lot better".

Ohio State will uphold Matta's final three years of his contract.

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Athletic director Gene Smith said a conversation between him and Matta led to the determination that a change was needed.

With a national search now underway, here are three names that could be of interest to the Buckeyes.

Matta recorded the most wins in Ohio State history with 337 wins over 13 seasons.

Ohio State is still deeply involved with a handful of five-star prospects in the 2018 recruiting class, but five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman of Fairfield, Ohio is the most important one.

When asked if he was done coaching, Matta did not sound like a man who was retiring. "We weren't winning the battles in recruiting that I thought we might have change to win as he did". And that to me is something that I want to hold or hang my hat on.

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