It appears Creighton head basketball coach Greg McDermott will not be replacing Thad Matta at Ohio State. A report from ESPN college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman Wednesday night said McDermott had been offered the job, but McDermott ended speculation today by taking to Twitter to announce he's staying at Creighton.
I'm blessed and honored to be the coach at Creighton.....and am looking forward to many more great years in Omaha! #rolljays— Coach McDermott (@cucoachmac) June 8, 2017
With McDermott apparently out of the running, the 'who's next' question continues. A report from Adam Jardy in the Dispatch said that former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach and current Golden State assistant Mike Brown was being interviewed by Buckeye Director of Athletics Gene Smith. Brown has never coached college basketball.
WTVN had reported Wednesday that Smith met with OSU assistant Chris Jent about the job. Another name, according to multiple reports, that has talked with Smith is Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams.
Rumors abound regarding several other names including West Virginia's Bob Huggins, South Carolina's Frank Martin, Butler's Chris Holtmann and even NBA coaches like Chicago's Fred Hoiberg, Oklahoma City's Billy Donovan and Boston's Brad Stevens. It is not known whether Smith has spoken to any of those candidates. Additionally, there are reports that Smith made inquiries about Sean Miller of Arizona and Chris Mack of Xavier, but has been told that they are not interested.