Matta Out at Ohio State After 13 Seasons – Thad Matta will no longer be the men’s basketball coach at Ohio State, effective immediately, the university announced Monday. Athletic director Gene Smith said a conversation between him and Matta led to the determination that a change was needed. One source told ESPN that Matta wanted to keep coaching. At a news conference Monday, Matta said “never say never” to the possibility of him returning to the sideline. Smith said the Buckeyes will conduct a national search for their next coach. He also said Ohio State will honor the remaining three years on Matta’s contract.