Creighton head coach Greg McDermott is the latest name to surface in Ohio State’s quest to find a replacement for Thad Matta.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reports McDermott and the Buckeyes are meeting Wednesday night. This is the second development of the night, as CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish reported earlier that Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg is a “real candidate” for the job.
McDermott is the second person to reportedly be meeting with Ohio State, joining current Buckeyes assistant Chris Jent, who the Columbus Dispatch reported was scheduled to meet with Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith on Wednesday.
McDermott took over at Creighton in the 2010-11 season, and is 166-82 with four NCAA Tournament appearances in the last six seasons with the Bluejays. He previously was head coach at North Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Iowa State. McDermott is the father of current Oklahoma City Thunder forward Doug McDermott, whom he coached at Creighton.
Ohio State and Matta parted ways Monday after 13 seasons, the last two of which the Buckeyes failed to make the NCAA Tournament. The program is reportedly not using a search firm to find his replacement.