In a move that came as a shock to even those close to the program Monday afternoon, Ohio State announced that Thad Matta is out as Ohio State’s men’s basketball coach.
The university will not hire a search firm.
C. Smith told The Dispatch at that time that they would have the offseason for “Thad to put in place the things he feels we need to have in place to be able to get back to where we want.
Matta said he agreed.
“Thad and I talked about that, we came to a mutual understanding that it was time for a leadership change in our men’s basketball program.
Smith said Ohio State will pay the remaining three years on Matta’s contract, with details to be determined.
He was paid a $625,000 bonus April 30 — less than two months after Smith offered Matta his public support — for still being employed.
He did say, however, that he thought that if he were healthy he would still be Ohio State’s coach.
Ohio State has reached two Final Fours and one national championship game, losing to Florida in 2007.
Matta inherited a program facing a one-year postseason ban and put together a 20-12 season.
Ohio State lost four freshmen to transfers during and after the 2015-16 season, then had another player quit the team this offseason while potential fifth-year senior Trevor Thompson left early for the NBA.