The Ohio State basketball program is working quickly to replace Thad Matta as its head coach.
On Wednesday night, Ohio State officials reportedly met with Creighton’s Greg McDermott and offered him the head coaching vacancy.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman was first to report the news.
Ohio State has offered job to Creighton’s Greg McDermott, source told ESPN. Two sides met tonight.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 8, 2017
The 52-year-old McDermott has had plenty of success at Creighton, leading the Bluejays to four NCAA Tournament appearances in seven seasons. McDermott holds a head coaching record of 445-276, previously coaching his alma mater Northern Iowa and Iowa State before taking over the Bluejays in 2010.
Another name linked to the Buckeyes job was Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg, but he wasted no time denying any interest in the Ohio State gig.
“Any time your name is associated with a great job, it’s an honor,” Hoiberg said, via the Chicago Tribune. “But I’m head coach of the Bulls and have no intention of leaving.”
Last season, Ohio State went 17-15 with a disappointing 7-11 record in conference play.