I'm as big a Buckeye fan as anyone, but I think people are a little unrealistic about
1. Who was gonna come here
2. The timeline
If we were doing this in the middle of the traditional carousel, maybe someone's available who you'd say 'Oh, Wow!' to -- but I struggle to even identify who that is. The Urban Meyer basketball equivalent ain't walking through that door: a guy who has rings, Ohio connections, and is on the market. And part of the reason that guy wants in is because of where Ohio State FOOTBALL is. OSU B-Ball is not the same. We have the resources to be great, but we don't have the name cache. Carlton Bragg (didn't pan out, but high profile local recruit) goes to Kansas. Luke Kennard goes to Duke. Omari Spellman goes to Villanova. These are championship programs that are basketball schools first, everything else a distant second.
So even doing this at a super random time, in an unfortunate period of upheaval, we get -- potentially -- Thad Matta Part II: a younger coach with demonstrable success at every stop he'd had, who has recruited above his school's profile, and performed at levels even higher than that. And there's something to be said for getting a midwestern guy who coaches basketball the way we like to see it played: intelligent, hard-nosed, high effort basketball. The beginning of the end for Thad was when he went out of state for that big class, and not a single one had any character, resilience, or fight. As a great basketball player once said 'In (Northeast) Ohio, nothing is given, everything is earned' and none wanted to earn a thing -- and all quickly ran out the door to places where they wouldn't have to.
I remember a time when we hired a little-heard-of guy from Youngstown State to coach our football team. Turns out, until UFM came calling, we probably would have called him the second best coach OSU ever had. There's no reason OSU Basketball can't compete with anyone in the country. We know this because of Thad Matta, whose most extensive pre-OSU coaching experience came at Butler, and then started taking us to Final Fours. I'm of the mind that Chris Holtmann is about the best we could or would have done. Hell, if you put the three years he just spent at Butler next to the last three years at OSU, you'd take their three -- in a heartbeat. So now you give him more resources and wider footprint, and I think the future looks very bright indeed. If we had to let go of the best coach in school history because his body failed him, and then we replace him with the younger version of himself? I call that a win.