On Monday, Ohio State announced that it would be moving on from its relationship long-time basketball coach Thad Matta. The decision came as a surprise to many, but the university indicated that it would begin its search to fill the position immediately.
In the short amount of time the job has been available, some big names have been tied to the coaching search. Notably Sean Miller, and Shaka Smart are considered the Buckeyes top targets.
If you ask legendary ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, Ohio State is targeting the wrong coach.
He pleaded his case on his Twitter on Tuesday:
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) June 6, 2017
Crean was released from his duties with Indiana following the 2016-17 season. After starting the season ranked in the AP top 25, the Hoosiers faltered and finished the year a disappointing 18-16. A track record of success makes him a viable option though.
Crean has years of successful experience in the Big Ten. He knows the programs, rosters, and general landscape very well. With career winning percentage of .606 between stints at Marquette and Indiana, Crean is as good an option as any other available.
The Buckeyes are looking for a quick turnaround and immediate results. Dickie V takes a logical approach by suggesting the university should go after a coach familiar with the conference.
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