Thad Matta out as basketball coach at Ohio State

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Ohio State University announces Monday Thad Matta is no longer the head coach of the men's basketball team. Athletic director Gene Smith and The Ohio State University provided a handsome blueprint. of what not to do when relieving a longtime coach of his responsibilities.

Whoever the Buckeyes hire, it'll mark the third new coach in the Big Ten once play starts in the 2017-18 season, joining Brad Underwood at IL and Archie Miller at Indiana. He did that with while dealing with the chronic pain from four back surgeries since he was 15 years old. Here are nine reasons why Mack should resist the Buckeyes job and stay exactly where he is, should Ohio State come calling.

FILE - In this March 4, 2017, file photo, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta reacts to a referee's call during an NCAA college basketball game against In, In Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State has struggled over the last few years, but few expected Matta would be considering stepping down.

During the 2016-2017 regular season, Akron posted a 24-7 record, including a 14-4 slate in MAC play, which marked the 12th straight season the Zips had won at least 21 games. With that, Matta's highly successful 13-year tenure at the school came to an end.

Matta coached the Buckeyes to two Final Fours from 2005 to 2017.

"Sometimes the lights all shining on me", Matta said.




The Buckeyes said a national search for a new coach would begin right away.

The time he talked about his beard after breaking Ohio State's wins record ... "Recruiting is a major part of it, and we weren't winning the recruiting battles".

Who should Ohio State consider? "I think it's the right thing for our program at the right time". When a major program like Ohio State goes into limbo with a depleted roster (they now list only 10 players on the active roster, two of them freshmen) just five months before the season it certainly helps Purdue in its quest for Big Ten titles.

247Sports reported earlier Monday that Matta would coach for another year and then retire.

It seemed like Matta always had Purdue's number both on and off the court, so in that regard I won't miss seeing him on the sidelines.

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