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IL native Thad Matta out as coach at Ohio State

06 June 2017, 06:16 | Nina Perez

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Matta has coached the Buckeyes for 13 seasons and has appeared in two Final Fours with the program.

And who, now, will Ohio State hire as a replacement for Matta? This is the kind of job that he would take.

The former head coach of The University of Akron recently took over the Duquesne program in Pittsburgh, but a potential buyout clause in his contract would not be hard for Ohio State's athletic department to absorb if they chose to go with a coach familiar with recruiting talents in and around Ohio. Williams is a character, known for his animation on the sidelines. Great players did not want to be recruited.

The speculation surrounding the job in Columbus has already started with numerous names involved in the in search recycled again. As I told Gene, 'Hey, timing is never good for a coaching change.' The July period is a huge deal. He's also a Buckeye assistant now, although if the Buckeyes struggle again next season, that might not be as much of a selling point.

In his first season at Stony Brook, Boals posted an 18-14 record. It would be interesting to see what he could do in a place like Ohio State.

However, the recruiting success waned in the latter half of his tenure. He doesn't have OH ties, but he checks a lot of other potential boxes.

Mack is 186-91 in eight seasons at Xavier, and has guided the Musketeers to seven trips to the NCAA Tournament in those years.

Is this likely? Nope. He's well paid (over $3 million), and he's turned down big offers before.

That means that, as of June 5th, one of college basketball's 15 best jobs is now on the market, which is a shame for Buckeye fans. But the timing is interesting and could perhaps be inconvenient for a potential candidate or two. A firing next spring would wound the pride of a mostly successful coach, and Ohio State is allowing Matta to get ahead of the curve within the frame of a resignation. There's no reason that can't happen, no matter what page of the calendar we're on.

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