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Ohio State fires Chris Holtmann. The search for the next head coach at Ohio State begins.

Ohio State fires Chris Holtmann in the middle of his seventh season as the Buckeyes head coach. Holtmann held a 137-87 record during his tenure at Ohio State. He never made it to the second weekend of the tournament and ended his career at Ohio State, going 30-30 in his last two seasons. He went 2-9 in his last 11 games, and most fans felt it was time to go. The tendency to collapse in the second half and games in which Ohio State had a 10-point lead in the second half and lost.

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Ohio State has had a rough two years in hoops, and without the Miracle Run in the Big Ten tournament last season and some big-time recruits, it would have been a complete disaster. This team has too much talent and upside to be 14-11 and 4-10 in Big Ten conference play. The move had to be done and was a must-need move. Ohio State announced associate head coach Jake Diebler will serve as the interim coach for the rest of the 2023–24 season. His debut is on February 18th at home against 2nd-ranked Purdue. Ohio State still owes Chris Holtmann 12.8 million from his current contract.


OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. "He and his wife, Lori, are wonderful people. I thank each of them for their seven years here in Columbus and I wish them well."

All love to Chris Holtmann from Ohio State and as a buckeye fan I thank him for the last 7 years of hoops. #GOBUCKS

South Carolina HC Lamont Paris +250

Xavier HC Sean Miller +400

Florida Atlantic HC Dusty May +500

Former Louisville HC Chris Mack +700

Texas A&M HC Buzz Williams +800

Cincinnati HC Wes Miller +900

Creighton HC Greg McDermott +1000

Memphis Grizzlies Assistant Coach Scoonie Penn +1300

Dayton HC Anthony Grant +1500

Alabama HC Nate Oats +1700

Arkansas HC Eric Musselman +1800

Indiana State HC Josh Schertz +2000

College of Charleston HC Pat Kelsey +2000

The real question is: who will be the next Ohio State men's basketball head coach? Let us know your thoughts?

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