Thad Matta
Thad Matta coaching Ohio State. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

After 13 years of coaching at Ohio State University, Thad Matta’s tenure has come to an end. In his 13 seasons, Thad Matta and the Buckeyes went 337-123 (.732) and appeared in the NCAA Tournament nine times. Matta coached Ohio State to five Big Ten regular season titles and four Big Ten tournament titles. Matta found success with high profile players like Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Evan Turner and D’Angelo Russell and also made strides with talents who weren’t as highly regarded in Aaron Craft, Jared Sullinger and Jon Diebler.

Following two years of struggles, Matta and Ohio State Athletic Director, Gene Smith, agreed that it was time for a change in leadership. Matta pointed out that he was also “trying to get healthy” in part of him stepping down.

A handful of ex-Buckeyes, from top picks still in the NBA like Turner and Russell to guys who are out of the league for one reason or another in Craft and Darnell Archey, showed love to Matta.

Several former Buckeyes’ had something to say about Coach Thad Matta:

RESPECT!

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