How's this for irony? On the day Ohio State announced that Butler coach Chris Holtmann was taking over for Thad Matta as Buckeye basketball coach, Matta was on the campus, of Butler University.
Matta, who played college basketball and graduated from Butler, also started his head coaching career there in 2000-01. He met his wife Barbara as an undergrad at Butler and now has a college age daughter, Ali, who is looking where to further her education.
As fate would have it, as WTHR-TV sports reporter Rich Nye was on campus Friday doing a story on Holtmann's exit to Ohio State, the Matta family was there, as Ali was getting a close look at the Indianapolis school. Nye snapped a photo of the Matta's, on a golf cart, taking a tour of campus.
When Matta was fired Monday, he indicated he would assist in the hiring of his replacement. It's unclear right now if he had anything to do with Holtmann landing at Ohio State. Holtmann was never an assistant under Matta, but is an off shoot of the Matta coaching tree. John Groce, now head coach at Akron, was Matta's top assistant at Ohio State. When Groce left the Buckeyes in 2008 to become the head coach at Ohio University, he hired Holtmann to be his top assistant. Holtmann will be introduced at Ohio State as Matta's replacement on Monday.