Matta out as coach at Ohio State after 13 sea­sons

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

COLUM­BUS, OHIO | Thad Matta is out as Ohio State’s bas­ket­ball coach after 13 sea­sons, with the Buck­eyes hav­ing missed the NCAA Tour­na­ment for two straight years.

He said at a news con­fer­ence Mon­day it was a “mu­tu­ally agreed” de­ci­sion.

Matta coached the Buck­eyes from 2005 to 2017 and took them to two Fi­nal Fours. Ohio State fin­ished 17-15 this year. In the Big Ten Tour­na­ment, Ohio State lost to Rut­gers, the low­est­seeded team.

Matta has been trou­bled by back pain, and surgery com­pli­ca­tions have left him with a limp. He men­tioned “try­ing to get healthy” as a rea­son for leav­ing.

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