Thad Matta out at Ohio State

Hope Soto
June 6, 2017

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Thad Matta's tenure as the Ohio State men's basketball coach came to an abrupt end on Monday afternoon. It's late in the offseason for the Buckeyes to search for a new coach. Ohio State's reported wish list contains a number of coaches who the school is unlikely to get.

Matta led the Buckeyes to multiple NCAA tournament appearances including a national title game against Florida in 2007.

The all-time wins leader at Ohio State, Matta went 337-123 during his time with the Buckeyes, winning five Big Ten regular-season titles and four Big Ten Tournaments in the process.

Later that day, Ohio State lost to Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament in what became the final game of a disappointing season.

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"Sources have indicated that Smith and Matta will announce that the upcoming 2017-18 season will be Matta's last as the OSU head coach", 247Sports reports.

"It was time", Smith said.

The tearful coach called the experience the "greatest 13 years" of his life. Matta had dealt with some health issues for years. Ohio State has missed the last two NCAA tournaments and, in 2014 and 2015, failed to make it out of the first weekend.

Matta held back tears as he said he was leaving. "And during that conversation, it became apparent to me, that we probably needed to facilitate a change", Smith said. Names the Buckeye brass could look at include Xavier's Chris Mack, Butler's Chris Holtmann, Cincinnati's Mick Cronin, Illinois State's Dan Muller, Wichita State's Gregg Marshall and Buckeye assistant Chris Jent, among others.

"I'm going to do my best to fine the right person that fits the Ohio State University", Smith said.

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