Could Ohio State promote from within to replace Thad Matta? It’s a possibility, according to a report from the Columbus Dispatch.
Ohio State will interview assistant coach Chris Jent for the Buckeyes’ basketball coaching vacancy on Wednesday, according to the report. Jent played with the Buckeyes from 1988-92 and was on Matta’s staff for the 2016-17 season. He has head coaching experience with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Developmental League and was the Orlando Magic’s interim head coach in 2005.
Jent, 47, got his start in coaching in 2003 with the Philadelphia 76ers after ending his playing career, and he spent time with four NBA organizations, including the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2006-11. He also served on Ohio State’s staff from 2011-13 before taking the job in Bakersfield.
Ohio State announced it was parting ways with Matta on Monday and began a nationwide search.