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Thad Matta done after 13 seasons as Ohio State head basketball coach

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Thad Matta done after 13 seasons as Ohio State head basketball coach

The illustrious Thad Matta Era at Ohio State is over.

The school announced Monday afternoon that Matta, who spent 13 seasons leading the basketball program, is no longer the head coach, effectively immediately. Athletics director Gene Smith said a national search will start immediately, as well.

Matta and Smith reflected on Matta's longtime health issues and the effects those have had on the success of the program, specifically in recruiting. Matta's situation got worse when lifelong back issues were joined by a permanent foot disability after a botched 2007 surgery. The two said Monday that they talked about what was best for the program and agreed it was time for Matta to step away.

Matta is the program's all-time winningest coach, and he took the Buckeyes to a national championship game and a pair of Final Fours. But the last few years of his tenure have not gone nearly as well.

A pair of first-weekend exits from the NCAA tournament were followed by back-to-back seasons without invitations to the Big Dance. Recruiting successes haven't been as prevalent, either, and this past season, the Buckeyes failed to win 20 games for the first time since Matta arrived in Columbus. This offseason, Ohio State missed out on some transfers and recruits, which Smith said played a part in this decision.

Matta's health issues obviously had a detrimental effect on the success of his program, so much so that when asked if he would still be the coach were he 100-percent healthy, Matta responded that he thinks he probably would be.

While the end is not what anyone wanted it to be, Matta's tenure was undoubtedly a remarkable success.

He led the Buckeyes to nine NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the national championship game, a pair of Final Fours, three Elite Eights and five Sweet Sixteens. Matta-coached teams won a combined nine Big Ten championships, with three of his squads capturing regular-season and conference-tournament titles in the same season.

Matta sent had 10 of his Ohio State players selected in the NBA Draft, including eight first-round picks: Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Daequan Cook, Kosta Koufos, Byron Mullens, Evan Turner, Jared Sullinger and D'Angelo Russell.

Matta finished his run at Ohio State with a 337-123 record at the school, the program's all-time leader in wins, with a 150-78 mark in Big Ten play.

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The Buckeyes' search will start right away, and Matta will have a role, according to Smith, in picking his successor.

Reports: 2020 Big Ten football season in jeopardy due to COVID-19

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Reports: 2020 Big Ten football season in jeopardy due to COVID-19

There may be no college football for Big Ten schools this fall.

According to several reports, the Big Ten school presidents voted 12-2 on Sunday to not play football this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Dan Patrick, the two schools in favor of playing were Iowa and Nebraska. There are conflicting reports on whether the season will be postponed or canceled, but Dan Patrick says the official news will be released tomorrow.

On his show, Patrick said he followed up with his source, who said, “Three Big Ten teams that I’ve spoken with said, ‘It’s done.’”

In response, more reports have come out saying the SEC has gathered for a previously unscheduled meeting on Monday morning.

According to Patrick’s report, the SEC is trying to delay and see if either the ACC or Big 12 will join them in playing this fall.

The MAC conference decided to cancel it’s football season on Aug. 8.

In addition, on Aug. 5 a coalition of Big Ten players published a Players’ Tribune article asking for a comprehensive plan to keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic if the league was to go forward with the season.

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Northwestern Wildcats pause football workouts after positive COVID-19 test

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Northwestern Wildcats pause football workouts after positive COVID-19 test

The Northwestern Wildcats have stopped football workouts due to a player testing positive for COVID-19. A university spokesperson says, the school is now undergoing “rigorous contact tracing and quarantine protocols to protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff.”

Some student-athletes have already been placed in quarantine, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The earliest any football activities can resume for the Wildcats is Wednesday, according to the university spokesperson.

Michigan State required their entire football team to go into quarantine in late July after several positive tests among players and staff.

In addition, the Big Ten announced they will play a conference-only schedule in 2020, if they’re able to play at all.


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