The Buckeyes appear to have Thad Matta’s successor. Chris Holtmann will be named Ohio State’s next men’s basketball coach, according to a report from Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch.
Exclusive: Ohio State will hold a press conference today to introduce Chris Holtmann as its new basketball coach https://t.co/uQ90kLAyv3
— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) June 9, 2017
Holtmann, 45, has been Butler’s head coach for the last three seasons, going 70-31 with the Bulldogs. He also previously coached Gardner-Webb for three seasons and has a 114-85 overall coaching record.
With Butler, Holtmann made the NCAA Tournament in all three seasons and reached the Sweet 16 during the 2016-17 campaign. Holtmann, a Nicholasville, Ky. native, was named the 2017 Big East Coach of the Year.
It was also reported by CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish that Holtmann would become the next Ohio State head coach Friday “barring a breakdown.”
SOURCE: Chris Holtmann is in negotiations to become Ohio State's coach. Still not 100% done. But could finalize today barring a breakdown.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) June 9, 2017
Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, Indy Star reporter David Woods said there is a “zero chance” that Holtmann would be officially introduced Friday.
Columbus Dispatch reports OSU has set news conference to announce Holtmann as coach today. Source tells IndyStar "zero chance" of that. https://t.co/Q5izCtpa9Y
— David Woods (@DavidWoods007) June 9, 2017
Assuming the Buckeyes did pick Holtmann, regardless of when they introduce him, it ended a frenzied search that lasted less than a week.
Ohio State reportedly interviewed and offered the job to Creighton’s Greg McDermott on Wednesday. The program also reportedly interviewed assistant Chris Jent and had interest with Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg and Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown.
Ohio State parted ways with Thad Matta — the winningest coach in program history — in a surprise move Monday.