In the midst of answering questions about his Buckeyes’ matchup against Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday, Ohio State coach Thad Matta received an inquiry about his health during his news conference.
Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde reported Monday night that Matta will return to coach the Buckeyes next season, and cited the coach’s health as a reason why his future was in question.
“There had been speculation that health issues might persuade him to step down,” the report read.
Much of those health issues pertain to a botched back surgery in 2007 that did not alleviate his back pain and also left his right foot with a permanent disability and in need of a brace.
So when the question came up Tuesday, Matta not only shut down the idea of his health potentially leading to his retirement, he offered up an interesting story about a recruit to show how reports of his health can get out of hand.
“The kid was going to have a press conference, and the father said he wanted to delay it,” Matta said. “I said, ‘I understand, why?’ … He said, ‘Well, it’s your health. They told us you’re going to die.’ ”
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