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Ohio State to reportedly interview Chris Jent for men’s basketball job today

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The Buckeye assistant will get reportedly get a crack at the head job.

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Ohio State may continue to look for some big names to fill Thad Matta’s shoes as the new head coach for Buckeye basketball. But they’re also reportedly willing to look a little closer to home as well.

Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith will interview Chris Jent for the job today. Jardy also adds that

A source has said that some current players on the team have been told by Smith that they will have a new coach by the end of this week.

Jent isn’t the sexiest name being tied to the opening, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be a good hire. A former basketball player for the Buckeyes, Jent briefly played in the NBA, coached with the Sacramento Kings, and briefly as the interim coach of the Orlando Magic.

Jent also served as a Matta assistant from 2011-2013, and again last season. He has a reputation as a shooting specialist.