Thad Matta was surprisingly fired after 13 seasons as the Ohio State Buckeyes' head basketball coach this week after a 17-15 record last season, and missing out on the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons.
Fred Hoiberg of the Chicago Bulls, Xavier's Chris Mack, Virginia Tech's Buzz Williams and Creighton's Doug McDermott were all reportedly in the running to replace Matta at Ohio State, but the Indianapolis Star is reporting that Butler's Chris Holtmann has accepted an eight-year deal to become the Buckeyes' new head coach.
BREAKING: Source tells IndyStar that #Butler's Chris Holtmann has accepted job at Ohio State. Eight years, $3.1 million a year.— David Woods (@DavidWoods007) June 9, 2017
Holtmann has already dealt with the pressure of following a hugely successful coach at Butler going 70-31 in his three seasons at Butler succeeding Brad Stevens' tenure.
Ohio State has hired Butler’s Chris Holtmann. 8-year deal worth $3 million per season, sources told ESPN: https://t.co/egDpEA24Mu— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 9, 2017
Holtmann reached the NCAA tournament in each of his three seasons at Butler, and the Buckeyes' faithful will hope that he can take Ohio State back to the Big Dance immediately.
While eight years may seems excessive, there's likely a buyout or option in there somewhere. This is a big splash by the Buckeyes.