Tag:Thad Matta
Posted on: July 29, 2010 2:45 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 2:47 pm

Column on Ohio State basketball

We've unveiled No. 3 on the CBSSports.com list of the nation's best combined football/basketball schools.

It is ... drum roll, please ... Ohio State.

Click this link to read my column about the basketball program.

No. 2 will be unveiled Monday.

No. 1 comes next Thursday.
Posted on: March 3, 2010 1:02 pm

Dear Gary (on the COY race)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: How could you leave Thad Matta off your Coach of the Year list ? He won a Big Ten title by moving a forward to point guard, and it didn't matter that his best player missed six games with a broken back. Are you an idiot?

-- Bo

We're on track to set a record this week for emails and Tweets directed at me that include the word "idiot." I'll let you know when I get a final tally. As for the question at hand, no question, you could remove Bo Ryan from my list of eight great Coach of the Year candidates and add Thad Matta. Or remove John Calipari and add Kevin Stallings. Or remove Jamie Dixon and add Buzz Williams. Limiting my list to eight instead of 10 or 14 or 19 seems to be a mistake, at least as far as my inbox is concerned. But let's be honest: The Coach of the Year will be one of the guys on my list of eight, and -- based on how most vote for these things -- I suspect it'll be Syracuse's Jim Boeheim or Kansas State's Frank Martin.

Either would be deserving.

I'll let you know my choice next week.
Posted on: October 3, 2008 1:17 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2008 4:58 pm

Dear Gary (on Ohio State's upcoming season)

Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Why is Ohio State not in the mix of Top 25 (and one) teams? This year we have the No. 3 recruiting class. Oh, and we will we be ranked in 2010 when we have the No. 1 recruit class?

-- Mark

Let's start by addressing your final statement, that Ohio State will have the No. 1 recruiting class in 2010. For the record, I agree, because it certainly appears to be shaping up that way. But a great recruiting class in 2010 has nothing to do with the Top 25 (and one) for the 2008-09 season because those prospects won't play until the 2010-11 season.

So it was a nice statement.

But it has nothing to do with this Top 25 (and one).

Anyway, back to this version of the Buckeyes.

According to Rivals.com, OSU's incoming class was ranked fifth (not third), and that's pretty damn good. I love B.J. Mullens; he's been great every time I've ever seen him. But this is still an NIT team replacing its top three scorers (Jamar Butler, Kosta Koufos and Othello Hunter), and that's not typically a recipe for success. To be clear, I know Thad Matta has never had a bad team in his life, proof being how he's coached eight seasons and always won at least 24 games. But when you lose as much production as Ohio State is losing without replacing it with Greg Oden and Mike Conley, I think it's fair to take a wait-and-see approach, which is all I'm doing. And if I see what I like once the season starts, I'll then adjust accordingly, I promise.

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