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Thad Matta and Ohio State have reached terms on an extension that will boost the head basketball coach's pay and keep him in charge of the Buckeyes until 2019.
Rusty Miller of the Associated Press tweeted out the details of the contract, which bumps Matta's salary to over $3.2 million and has clauses regarding the academic standing of the team and how Matta must handle potential NCAA violations - a major concern for the school after sanctions caused the football team to miss a likely shot at a national championship after sanctions based on violations committed by Jim Tressel.
No mention if Bubblicious is on board.
"Any board that would ban 3yds is worthless"
Richest man in ohio = thads gum distributor .... Looking forward to 6 more years of 6'7 swingmen who cant shoot ( sarcasm please ignore) .....
Yea, it's been a tough run for Matta and OSU basketball fans since he has arrived. Last year he only made the final four. But, like the unsuccessful Tressel, he comes under fire from Sofla for not always getting the best players and not being undefeated every year he coaches.
That sofla must be a jerk
I love this! Thad can stay until he retires, in my opinion. What he continues to do at a school with just solid interest in basketball is incredible.
I don't know anything or watch hoops...ever. Just looking for some insight, it's not uncommon to hear that Matta isn't that respected as a coach when I hear college hoops people talking about teams. Is this true? I'm aware of a final four appearance and some success in the NCAAs, but can he get the big job done? Is this a good signing?
Even if this is what we get with Marta the next 20 year's and stay at current pace, this is a great decision. He would leave as a top five coach in wins. Yes, I'd love to win it all, but not sure our fans deserve it.
Fully agree GA, this is an excellent hire and shows faith from a university known for its football leanings.
How firm thy friendship O-HI-O
+1 our representation in new orleans was downright embarrassing
-1 watch your tone
It's not as if there's a viable option around to replace Matta with.
Callipari's likely staying at Kentucky. He has one of the premiere jobs in all of CB. Same with Bill Self and Rick Pitino.
Sure Matta can make decisions or non decisions that make you ask, "What was he thinking" just as we had with Tressel. But by and large he's done everything but win a national championship. Two trips to the Final Four, one #1 recruiting class, a national championship game appearance, multiple times as either a #1 or #2 seed, including being the #1 overall seed in 2011. He's put more players into the first round of the NBA Draft than any coach in Buckeye history, including two drafted in the top 5. We've also produced a POY in Evan Turner a few years back as well. And did I also mentioned that during the season when we were "down" and reeling, we won the NIT.
So at this moment he's high on the list of coaches who're next up to win a national championship. Calliapri was at the top of that list until he finally won one last year. It's obvious that he's not going to be one of these coaches who comes right in winning a championship the way Steve Fisher had at Michigan. He won't even get it done in relative short order (five years) as Bobby Knight had at Indiana, Tom Izzo at MSU and Larry Brown at Kansas. If anything it's going to take him a bit longer. Along the lines of Gary Williams at Maryland or Jim Boheim at Syracuse.
It's already been 53 since we've last won a title and at the least, it'll be 55 if not 60.
Because the fact is now that Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota are back for the moment, we'll have to compete with them. No way we land Oden and Conley as easily if IU is playing as well as they are now. Not to mention that IU is a basketball school. Same with Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and Syracuse. Those are still largely viewed as basketball meccas. Ohio State isn't traditionally even though we've had a winning run for much of the past decade under Matta.
We're largely seen in the same vein as Florida and Texas. Major programs known moreso for their football prowess and who in recent years have developed competitive basketball programs as well. So while UF may have won back-to-back NCAA tournament titles, they'll never be viewed in the same manner as a Duke who did likewise fifteen years prior. And the reason is because Duke will always be a basketball mecca or the place you want to play if you're an ESPN top 50 recruit. Duke, like North Carolina have in the midst of winning national titles on the hardwood, have brought in football coaches who're committed to winning on the gridiron as well. But we all know that no matter what they do there, they'll always be "basketball schools."
It's just the nature of the beast.
Good move. I like Thad and he has done a great job with the basketball program. Considering tOSU is a football school, he has made the program relevant
Ummmmmm. Please don't EVER mention Calipari's name as even a remote possibility of coming here. Dude is a slime ball. Only a matter of time before UK has to take the banner down. That man should be barred from college athlecs. I honestly wish John Cheney followed through on his threat years ago.
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