It looks like Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith has a new target to replace Thad Matta. Chris Holtmann, 70-31 in three years as head coach at Butler, has emerged as the top candidate to become the new Buckeye basketball coach, according to multiple reports from the Indianapolis Star, ESPN and others.
Holtmann is 45-years old and knows the state of Ohio. He was an assistant coach at Ohio University from 2008-2010 under John Groce. He got his first head coaching job at Gardner-Webb and took that program from 11 wins his first year, to 21 wins in year three. From there he went to Butler and became head coach in 2014-15. Butler has the second best record in the Big East since his arrival behind only Villanova. Holtmann is 3-0 in first round NCAA tournament games and made the Sweet 16 this past year.