The Buckeyes might have found their next basketball coach.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Ohio State has offered the men’s basketball coaching job to Greg McDermott.
Ohio State has offered job to Creighton’s Greg McDermott, source told ESPN. Two sides met tonight.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 8, 2017
The Buckeyes were tied to numerous other names, like Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg, Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller, Xavier head coach Chris Mack, and others, but apparently decided the man in Omaha is the one to rebuild the Buckeyes program.
McDermott has spent his entire coaching career in the Midwest, most recently with the Bluejays, but also with Iowa State, Northern Iowa and North Dakota State. He achieved quite a bit of success at Creighton, earning a 165-81 record over seven seasons, while making the NCAA Tournament four times, the most memorable of which came while coaching his son, Doug.
McDermott has helped guide Creighton through a major increase in schedule strength once they joined the Big East, but he never made an NCAA Tournament with Iowa State, and despite having some talented teams, never took the Blue Jays to the Sweet 16. He’ll face heightened expectations at Ohio State for sure, if he takes the job.