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Several reports Thursday night say Ohio State is trying to hire Butler men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann to lead their program.

Holtmann lead the Bulldogs for three years, compiling a 70-31 record, an appearance in the NCAA tournament each year, and one Sweet 16.

The former Butler University coach has agreed to an eight-year contract with the Buckeyes, according to a statement from Ohio State. He was replaced in the interim, then full-time by Holtmann. "Hinkle is the best - and the Butler faithful make it uniquely special".

Holtmann earned a degree in psychology from Taylor in 1994 and a Master's Degree in athletic administration from Ball State in 2000.

In 2002 he then joined the staff of Gardener-Webb, he ended up spending five seasons there as an assistant coach, he also went to OH for two years but later on returned to Gardener-Webb as a head coach. Matta, who played college basketball and coached at Butler, had spent 13 seasons in Columbus.

Matta coached at Butler in the 2000-2001 season. It is also worth noting that both Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller and current Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg were briefly linked to the position as well. Butler?to become the next men's basketball coach at?

He signed an extension in April that was meant to keep him at Butler through 2024-2025.

In spite of the awkward and unconventional timing of the coaching search, Ohio State may have found the ideal fit for the program.

You can win at Butler by finding the kids that want to play for you, whether it's because they're from IN, they love the coaching staff or they were under-recruited, overlooked and accurately evaluated by your staff. Holtmann, who started back in NAIA as a player, also has a reputation for being low-ego, and for building strong relationships with his players to get the most out of every single guy on the team.


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