As the regular season rapidly approaches we here at tBBC take the time to introduce you to the coaching staff and update you on their information. We all will also take the opportunity to express our opinions about said coaches and hopefully get your feedback in the comments section!
Head Coach. Thad Matta. It could be enough to simply say that all Coach Matta has done in his head coaching career is win atleast twenty games every season, but that doesn’t even do him justice. On top of that, he has had two teams in the final four, three-consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament “Sweet 16,” a fifth Big Ten regular-season crown and yet another drive toward a Big Ten postseason title by making the finals again! Currently has an overall head coaching record of 323-96.
Player wise he has coached two B1G POTY(Dials, Turner), six First Team B1G(Dials, Oden, Conley, Butler, Turner, Sullinger), three All-Americans(Oden, Turner, Sullinger), and has had seven first round NBA draft picks(Oden, Conley, Cook, Koufos, Mullens, Turner, Sullinger).
MATTA QUICK FACTS
In the most recent years at Ohio State, some people have wondered about the coaching job Coach Matta has done. I for one in the belief that he did one of his best coaching jobs last season and has an opportunity to follow that up with an even better one. This team has the talent to reload and give teams fits. Coach Matta is going to be missing one of his floor generals this season but there isn’t a better coach on the floor than Aaron Craft.
Coach Matta will win the Buckeyes a championship, the recipe is there and continues to grow. It’ll be a lot of fun watching how he develops this team and the lessons he will teach him. I am sure that the youngsters recall him kicking the veterans out of a practice last year. They also recall that they didn’t answer the call and coach Matta stuck to his guns with his veterans. Time will tell if he did do the best job of his career this season. Read More
As Ty discussed in his article this past week, some coaches may be pulling out their CVs and making some edits and updates in hopes of landing a job at Ohio State next year. It will be interesting to see how the season and subsequent coaching decision plays out for the football program, and hopefully Luke Fickell lands himself the frontrunner position with a solid 2011-12 campaign at the helm. Nevertheless, with the present uncertainty surrounding the football team, it is nice to have stability in the Buckeye basketball world.
The perception is that Thad Matta has a very well-run program. After taking over following Jim O’Brien’s departure, Matta has grown the program to new heights, achieving year-after-year success that has fans enthused and engaged in basketball once again. O’Brien, who recently was named head coach at DIII school Emerson after being out of coaching for a period of time, left Ohio State amidst rules violations that resulted in significant penalties for the university. Fortunately Matta has avoided anything of that nature thus far, and although nobody expected the sudden fallout that has occurred with Jim Tressel given his image and reputation, comments by Jared Sullinger in a featured ESPN article on Thursday provide reason to believe that there is little cause to worry about a similar surprise with Matta. Read More
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With the weekend limping into it’s last day, how about we get you updated on some Big Ten and Ohio State news and views? It’s been a very busy time in Buckeye Land, let’s get you updated with the latest clips across the country.
Cody Green was well on his way to being one of the up and coming quarterbacks in college football when he joined Nebraska two years ago. The 6th best incoming dual threat quarterback of the 2009 class has at times showcased that ability, but with Tim Beck’s new system and a man named Taylor Martinez, it looks like the Texan will put on his cowboys boots and travel onward. A good thing for opposing Big Ten teams, because Green adds a lot of depth, and can replace the oft-injured Taylor Martinez pretty evenly.
No word on where Green is targeting, but names of schools that have been rumored are: Boise State, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Houston, and Louisville. A whole slew of other Big 12 schools such as Kansas State, Iowa State, and Kansas are in need of a quarterback.
Boise seems the most compelling with Kellen Moore graduating after this season. Louisville is the home of Green’s former offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who is now the Cardinals’ quarterback coach and could be a place of comfort for Green.