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Butler’s Chris Holtmann reportedly the frontrunner for Ohio State coaching job

The Buckeyes continue to look to the Big East for their next coach.

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He may not have been their first choice. Or their second choice. But according to recent reports, the Buckeyes may have zeroed in on their next choice to replace Thad Matta as Ohio State’s basketball coach.

Per multiple media reports, Ohio State’s top target appears to be Butler’s Chris Holtmann.


Plus, the Butler beat writer for the Indy Star tweeted that the two are “in talks”, although nothing is finalized yet.

Holtmann has done a solid job at Butler, racking up a 70-31 record over the last three seasons, each of which resulted in a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Last year, the Bulldogs earned a four seed, their highest in program history, en route to a Sweet Sixteen appearance.

Prior to working at Butler, Holtmann was an assistant at Ohio, and the head coach at Gardner-Webb, where he led them to a CIT bid. He left Gardner-Webb to serve as an assistant at Butler.

Given how chaotic this coaching search has been, ending up with a successful, consistent coach with midwestern recruiting ties and a record of developing and evaluating talent well seems like it would be a great result for Ohio State.