Ohio State Basketball: Greg McDermott Offered Head Coaching Job

Five Candidates To Replace Thad Matta At Ohio State

McDermott met with Ohio State officials Wednesday night, according to ESPN.com, and a source subsequently told CBS Sports that the offer was extended. The Buckeyes are seeking a replacement for Thad Matta, who was sacked Monday after 13 seasons in Columbus.

The lyrics from the Grateful Dead's "Truckin", while admittedly a bit cliche, aren't a bad description of Matta's tenure at Ohio State.

Greg McDermott did not fly back to Columbus with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith. The Buckeyes also reached the Final Four in 2012.

His teams won at least 20 games in 12 consecutive seasons. That being said, he's never made it past the Round of 32 in the Big Dance and has won more than 10 conference games just once since the Bluejays joined the Big East. The Buckeyes failed to make the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons.

Another name linked to the Buckeyes job was Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg, but he wasted no time denying any interest in the Ohio State gig. Previously, he coached Northern Iowa to three NCAA tournament bids from 2001 to 2006 - losing in the first round all three times - and then spent four seasons at Iowa State, where he failed to lead the Cyclones to a winning record.

McDermott tweeted shortly after noon Thursday, "I'm blessed and honored to be the coach at Creighton... and am looking forward to many more great years in Omaha! But I'm head coach of the Bulls/have no intention of leaving".

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