Thad Matta Will Step Down After 2017-18 Season

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Smith said Ohio State will honor the three remaining years on Matta's contract.

On Monday, some shocking reports broke that Ohio State men's head basketball coach Thad Matta would be stepping down following the 2017-18 season upcoming later this year.

OSU athletic director Gene Smith said that Matta will stay on board and assist with the news coaching search, but that a change needed to be made.

Matta is the winningest coach in Ohio State history and led his team to the national title game in 2007.

A few current Ohio State players, including last season's leading scorer, Jae'Sean Tate, also posted messages in response to the announcement.

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Matta's health problems, including past back surgeries, have appeared to play a role in the recent downturn. "But honestly my whole focus right now is trying to get healthy". It was Matta's first Ohio State team not to win at least 20 games. This year, the Buckeyes went 17-15 and 7-11 in the Big Ten-Matta's worst record at the school-with a Big Ten Tournament loss to bottom-feeder Rutgers.

"If you wanted an exact thought of where my emotions are, there's a great song that says, 'Sometimes the light shines brightly on me, other times I can barely see".

Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft led the Buckeyes back to the Final Four in 2012, then Craft brought them to the Elite Eight in 2013. "Lately it's occurred to me what a long, unusual trip it's been, '" Matta said. Matta had dealt with some health issues for years. After finishing 21-14 and losing in the second round of the NIT in 2015-16, four out of five members of his 2015 recruiting class transferred. "And that to me is something I'm going to hang my hat on, that this program was run the right way".

"The last thing I hope I'm remembered for is that we always did it the right way", Matta said. It was also the first to miss a postseason tournament since Matta's debut at Ohio State in 2004-05.

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