I have been on the Thad bandwagon for many years, but it's time to face reality folks. They need to make a change. Thad just isn't getting it done. His players rarely ever get better, they play incredibly stupid basketball and his substitution patterns have been baffling for years. There is a reason all those freshman left last year. Thad starts the season by playing the frosh and then his bench gets really short during the BT season. Guys rot on the bench and there seems to be no rhyme nor reason as to why guys get buried on the bench. I think Thad is a very good coach, but my gut tells me his physical issues have caught up with him. Maybe that has impacted his ability to recruit.
I completely understand that no one wants to go back to the Randy Ayer days, but I really think it's time for a change. Name me the last player that played for Thad that seemed to improve his game. Evan Turner is the last one I can remember. Whether it's the kids or the coaching, it doesn't matter. Thad brings these guys here to play and they never seem to improve. Craft, Thompson, Amir, Loving, etc, etc, etc. None of them made any significant strides in their games. Another thing that really makes no sense to me is the physical development of these guys. Marc Loving looks the same as he did as a freshman, same with others in the program. Not sure if they lift weights or what, but OSU has been littered with very weak players for the last several years. Marc Loving is to me the epitome of the last 2-3 years of Thad's OSU regime. A really good guy (by all accounts and demeanor on the court), but he has shown little improvement, has not developed physically and continues to make the same mistakes year after year.
The real issue is that the program is completely stagnant. They need a new voice, some new energy. Thad Matta has been the best OSU coach in my lifetime by far, but it's time for a change.