Wednesday, 13 November, 2019

Thad Matta out as basketball coach at Ohio State

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Vera Richards | 06 June, 2017, 05:14

Thad Matta is done as Ohio State's men's basketball coach.

Matta and OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith announced Monday during a press conference at the Schottenstein Center that Matta's time at OSU has concluded after 13 seasons at the helm.

The 49-year-old Matta, who previously was the head coach at Xavier and Butler prior to his stint at Ohio State starting in 2005, guided the Buckeyes to at least 20 wins in 12 consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2016, a program record.

There were earlier reports focused on Matta's health, but they all suggested he would likely coach a final season and then make his exit.

He led the Buckeyes to 337 wins over 13 seasons.

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The Buckeyes said a national search for a new coach would begin right away. Smith also pointed out not winning recruiting battles when asked why the move was made now instead of at the end of Matta's contract.

Won conference coach of the year at all three head coaching stops, and was a three time B1G coach of the year.

"This has probably been the greatest 13 years of my life", said Matta, his voice breaking as he quoted lyrics from the Grateful Dead. "As we started talking about it Friday, the flow of the conversa".

When asked if he was finished coaching, Matta said, "Never say never. I think it's the right thing for our program at the right time". After finishing 21-14 and losing in the second round of the NIT in 2015-16, four out of five members of his 2015 recruiting class transferred. Memphis defeated Ohio State 81-76 in overtime.

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