Ohio State Head Coach Up For Grabs With Firing of Chris Holtmann

Ohio State Head Coach Up For Grabs With Firing of Chris Holtmann

Chris Holtmann has been fired at Ohio State, ending much speculation this season.

This follows Ohio State’s loss at Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

Things were looking good for Ohio State after starting 12-2 with a win over Alabama. Since then,

the Buckeyes are 2-9 and have played some terrible basketball.

Holtmann made a promising start to his career in Columbus during the 2017-18 season.

He participated in March Madness four seasons in a row (excluding the tournament canceled due to COVID) and won a game in three of the four tournaments.

However, as a 2-seed, he was defeated by Oral Roberts in 2021.

He missed March Madness last year and is expected to do so again in 2024.

Holtmann has won two games in the last month, including a double-overtime victory over a failing Maryland club and a close win against a terrible Penn State team.

While Holtmann’s 7-year stint at Ohio State has been successful,

it falls short of his predecessor Thad Matta’s two final four appearances and national runner-up finish in 2007.

Holtmann’s contract was extended after the 2021/22 season, leaving him with four seasons remaining.

He was making around $3.5 million per year and will receive $12.5 million in his buyout.

Potential Replacements
Lamont ParisLamont Paris will be first on the list for the role.

Paris has had an amazing season at South Carolina. The Gamecocks are leading in the SEC,

after victories over Tennessee and Kentucky.

Paris is also an Ohio native with Big Ten experience as an assistant at Wisconsin. At 49 years old,

he appears to be the ideal prospect for Ohio State fans.

Mick Cronin Mick Cronin, an Ohio native, has a more accomplished career than Paris.

Cronin currently coaches at UCLA, which is also experiencing a bad year.

However, he advanced to the Final Four in 2021 and the Sweet Sixteen in each of the previous two seasons.

Cronin formerly coached at Cincinnati, so a return to Ohio is plausible.
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