Three worst coaching hires in Ohio State basketball history

As the Ohio State basketball team is about to hire a new head coach for next season, we take a look at the three worst hires in Buckeye history.

Feb 1987, unknown location, USA; FILE PHOTO; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Gary Williams on the
Feb 1987, unknown location, USA; FILE PHOTO; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Gary Williams on the / Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Gary Williams

This hire was made right after Miller was fired. Gary Williams was the guy the Buckeyes tagged as his replacement. He came in from Boston College and was expected to resurrect the Buckeyes and bring them back to the success that Taylor had established as the standard for the program.

That did not happen. Hiring Williams ended up being a disaster for the Ohio State basketball program. He lasted just three seasons. In fact, he has the shortest tenure as an Ohio State coach since 1911. That was before WWI!! Clearly, Williams just wasn't a fit.

Williams made the postseason every year with the Buckeyes though. He made the NCAA Tournament once and made the NIT twice. He finished with a 59-41 record overall but was just 24-30 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes may have been tempted to keep Williams even after that, but his dream job opened up.

Williams played basketball at the University of Maryland and that job opened up in 1989. He took that job and did way better for the Terps than he did with the Buckeyes. He actually won a national title in 2002, obviously a far cry from where he led Ohio State.

Ohio State and Williams just weren't a good fit. Right after that, the Buckeyes hired Randy Ayers. Ayers would go on to win the first Big Ten title for the Buckeyes in 20 years. He actually won back-to-back titles, which is what keeps him off this list because they end of his tenure was very bad.

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