ESPN has been slowly releasing a poll they have taken among the college basketball employees as to who is the best coach in the game. Recently, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta was revealed to have been ranked at no. 20 on that list.
Since arriving to Columbus from Xavier, Matta has been one of the more successful coaches on a consistent basis in college basketball, and has even flirted with bringing a national championship to the Buckeyes a few times.
Although this past season could have gone a little better than most had imagined coming in, there’s no doubt that Matta showed his flashes of coaching brilliance at times, making sure that the team didn’t fall completely into the tank.
Here’s a look at a bit of the profile ESPN tossed out in regards to the Buckeyes’ beloved basketball coach as he came in as the 20th ranked coach in the country.
Matta has taken a program from the brink of scandal and made it one of the elite destinations in the country. And he’s invigorated a fan base that, let’s face it, was only marginally more interested in basketball than Texas fans. Value City Arena is a legitimately difficult place to play now. There are maybe six or seven programs in the country that have been as consistently successful as the Buckeyes under Matta. If we were ranking coaches on the past decade, Matta might be top five.
We definitely tend to agree. While this list that ESPN is releasing is based a lot on last year’s body of work, if we look at the past decade, and remember where this program was when Matta took over, the Ohio State coach is near the top of the list.