While the internet lit up Wednesday night over a report linking Bulls head Fred Hoiberg to the open head-coaching gig at Ohio State, the Buckeyes were reportedly meeting with another option to succeed Thad Matta.
Shortly after CBS Sports' Gary Parrish tweeted out his report calling Hoiberg a "real candidate," ESPN's Jeff Goodman countered with a report that Ohio State was meeting with Creighton head coach Greg McDermott on Wednesday night.
Ohio State is meeting with Creighton's Greg McDermott tonight, source told ESPN. https://t.co/x2pzPTtvnJ— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 8, 2017
And Goodman had his own info regarding Hoiberg.
Fred Hoiberg is among the candidates at Ohio State, but as of now not among the leaders, source told ESPN. McDermott meeting tonight.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 8, 2017
Goodman went on to dub McDermott a "serious candidate" in a later report.
The coaching carousel spins wildly in these types of high-profile searches, and just as Hoiberg became the center of Twitter's attention, here comes McDermott into the mix.
Interestingly enough, it was McDermott who preceded Hoiberg at Iowa State, coaching the Cyclones for four mostly unsuccessful seasons before Hoiberg jolted the program to life with four straight NCAA tournament appearances and back-to-back conference-tournament titles in the always-competitive Big 12.
McDermott has done solid work at Creighton, though, taking the Bluejays to four NCAA tournaments in his seven seasons there. Six of those campaigns ended with at least 20 wins, and he won a total of three Missouri Valley championships before Creighton's move to the Big East.
McDermott isn't as big a name as Hoiberg, though he's been mentioned for some time as someone who could make a move to a larger program. 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.
McDermott's son is Doug McDermott, who played for his dad for four seasons, was the consensus national player of the year in 2014 and played for Hoiberg and the Bulls in the NBA.
The elder McDermott has had a long career as a head coach, leading Wayne State, North Dakota State and Northern Iowa before taking over at Iowa State and later Creighton. All in all, he's turned in a 445-276 record in 23 seasons as a college head coach.