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Ohio State Interviews Assistant Chris Jent For Head Coaching Job

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The Ohio State basketball team is looking for a new head coach.

After the somewhat surprising move to separate themselves from long-time head coach Thad Matta, the search is in full effect. There have been a number of names linked to the position, but nothing concrete.

On Wednesday it was announced that the school is considering current assistant coach Chris Jent for the position.

Jent knows the team well, having served three separate stints as assistant coach, all under coach Matta. Last season served as a reunion of sorts, as Jent rejoined Ohio State after serving as an assistant in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings.

According to a report first made in the Columbus Dispatch, the search is expected to be a quick one. Rumors suggest that athletic director Gene Smith has told some current players that a hire will be made by the end of the week.

Other names remain in play, but Jent is the first concrete, plausible one to be tied to the position. As a player at Ohio State from 188-92, he appeared in three NCAA tournaments. He has bounced back and forth between the collegiate ranks, and the NBA after a brief two-year career as a player in the pro league.

With a decision looming, some of the bigger names appear less likely than one they already have on the payroll. An internal hire is the most logical decision, and Jent has to be considered he front-runner at this juncture.

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