Ohio State basketball: 5 things to know about Thad Matta's tenure

Jessica Allison
June 6, 2017

Won 30 or more games 3 times as Ohio State head coach.

According to a report from 247Sports, current Ohio State head coach Thad Matta will be announcing his retirement from Ohio State this afternoon following the 2017-'18 season.

Matta, a Hoopeston native, coached Ohio State for 13 seasons and leaves as the program's all-time leader in wins (337) and games coached (460) in Ohio State history. When Thad Matta came to Northwestern the past couple seasons, he did not do a postgame press conference, because accessing the media room at the very outdated Welsh-Ryan Arena requires climbing stairs. That said, Williams built Marquette into a Big East power and took Virginia Tech to the NCAA tournament last season.

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Gene Smith told reporters in Columbus on Monday that he broached the subject of a change in leadership with Matta last Friday and Matta agreed. "I would have to curl up into a ball that's why I was always late to the media stuff".

Smith said the Buckeyes will conduct a national search for their next coach.?He also said Ohio State will honor the remaining three years on Matta's contract.

But the down season for the Buckeyes was not cited among the major deciding factors into Matta's exit at OSU by Smith. "But honestly my whole focus right now is trying to get healthy". As for coaching again, he said: "Never say never". The back pain the surgery was supposed to correct hasn't dissipated, either; he still needs help doing things as simple as putting on his shoes. If it's the latter, it's hard to imagine Jent, a well-respected and longtime assistant for Matta, will be able to beat out some of the names that you'll see listed below. The Zips carried a 30-game home winning streak through much of the last two seasons, and that set a new mark for consecutive wins at The James A. Rhodes Arena. "That this program was run the right way".

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