Holtmann Makes A Statement

That didn't take long. Less than a week after he officially accepted the Ohio State basketball coaching job, Chris Holtmann demonstrated that he is ready to establish his program. Holtmann, on Thursday, announced that redshirt freshman forward Derek Funderburk has been suspended for "failure to meet team expectations."

There is no indication on exactly what Funderburk did to prompt the disciplinary action, but Holtmann obviously did not like what he was seeing from Funderburk, who was on campus last year but sat out and still has four years of eligibility left. With Funderburk, at least temporarily out of action, a thin Buckeye roster is even thinner, with just eight scholarship players.

The other Buckeye Basketball headline from Thursday is a story we told you about earlier this week. Ohio State has filled its coaching staff, as Holtmann has brought his entire Butler coaching staff with him to Columbus. OSU made it official yesterday, introducing Ryan Pedon, Terry Johnson and Mike Schrage as assistant coaches. They'll hit the ground running, as the all-important July recruiting period is just around the corner.

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