Today, the Ohio State basketball program announced that it has decided to part ways with their long-tenured head coach Thad Matta.
Despite holding several records at the university, Matta’s termination appears to have been the result of several factors that made it inevitable.
Ohio State made the announcement on Monday afternoon on the official school website.
It appears that Matta wished to continue coaching at the school. After going 17-15 in the 2016-17 season, and growing health concerns, the Buckeyes felt that parting ways was what was best for both parties. Matta was left without a fully functional right foot as a result of complications from back surgery.
Matta has indicated that he’d like to return to coaching eventually, but that his health and his family are his main concern right now. The winningest coach in Ohio State history, Matta was 337-123 with the Buckeyes, and led the team to Final Four appearances in 2007 and 2012.
The Buckeyes say their search for Matta’s replacement will begin immediately. Last season was the first year that the program failed to reach 20 wins since the 2003-04 season; the year right before Matta arrived.