A wild night of coaching rumors reportedly ended with Ohio State making an offer.
According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Ohio State offered Creighton head coach Greg McDermott the reins of the Buckeyes basketball program after meeting with him Wednesday night.
Ohio State has offered job to Creighton’s Greg McDermott, source told ESPN. Two sides met tonight.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 8, 2017
Wednesday night was a madhouse of rumors concerning the Buckeyes and their recently vacated head-coaching position, which became available when the school ended Thad Matta's 13-year tenure earlier this week.
First came a report that Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg was a "real candidate," that big name creating a Twitter buzz. But that buzz was brief, as not long after reports came in that Hoiberg wasn't interested.
Goodman reported during Hoiberg-mania that McDermott was meeting with the Buckeyes, upgraded him to a "serious candidate" and reported news of the offer.
McDermott might seem like a consolation prize after everyone got excited about the prospects of an NBA coach ditching an iconic franchise to go to Columbus. But McDermott has had a solid amount of success in seven seasons at Creighton, making four NCAA tournament appearances and winning three Missouri Valley Conference titles before the Bluejays moved to the Big East.
Speculation after Matta's firing figured that Big East coaches Chris Mack and Chris Holtmann — of Xavier and Butler, respectively — would be logical candidates. Some pie-in-the-sky thoughts included NBA coaches Brad Stevens and Billy Donovan before Hoiberg's name was tossed around Wednesday night.
The illustrious Matta Era came to an end Monday, when offseason recruiting misses added to the diminishing win totals in recent seasons forced athletics director Gene Smith to make an unfortunate but understandable decision. Matta is Ohio State's all-time winningest coach.
Should McDermott be the next head man in Columbus, he'll have some big expectations to live up to. While Matta's teams missed the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons, he did lead the program to a pair of Final Fours.