Is Matta Likely Next Coach At OSU
Current Xavier head coach Thad Matta is in Columbus and may be the target of Ohio State's coaching search.
BuckeyeSports.com reported last night that Matta would be in town today to interview with director of athletics Andy Geiger and other OSU officials. He was spotted this morning heading into the Schottenstein Center with Geiger.
Matta's arrival in town comes one day after Rice coach Willis Wilson and Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings got the same treatment. Many assume that Matta is the logical top choice for the job, considering his Midwest ties and his success in Ohio, but if he is hired it would be something of a surprise, since Matta was not known to be among the original four candidates interviewed for this job and issued a statement as recently as last week proclaiming that he was not a candidate for the OSU position.
Matta will turn 37 on Sunday. In a four-year coaching career, he has a career record of 102-31, including a record of 78-23 over the past three years with the Musketeers.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Butler, leading the Bulldogs to a 24-8 record, regular season and tournament championships in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, and a second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Matta led Xavier to Atlantic 10 regular season championships in his first two years at the school and the conference tournament championship last year. The Musketeers then advanced to the round of eight in the NCAA Tournament before Duke ended its run.
Matta would replace former head coach Jim O'Brien, who was fired June 8 after admitting to giving more than $6,000 to former Buckeye recruit Aleksandar Radojevic.
BuckeyeSports.com will continue to follow this story in the coming hours and days. Stay tuned.