I didn't think this was about proving anything other than factual comparisons with top coaches. Having said that, I get the feeing that most of the OSU fan base is really wanting the men's osu basketball team to match the success of the football team year in and year out.
If there is a hidden message here, it's probably along the lines of "hey, let's bring in a top coach that can not only be consistent in reaching the big dance, but can compete in the tourney on a higher level than what Thad has.
Also, I don't necessarily think that OSU needs to bring in an already proven big name coach (although that would awesome!!!). Jim tressel wasn't a big name at the time OSU football brought him in. And at one point, urban Meyer wasn't a big name. I can envision a gradual change with the basketball program like what had happen to the football program; John cooper did some great things for OSU but then obviously it got better with tressel. At the time, I didn't think OSU could have more success than what tressel had done, but here and now urban is doing things that will make history.
I view Thad as the modern day John cooper of sorts in that he wins but struggles in post season. It would be nice to see the next coach (whenever it happens) to be similar to tressel. Maybe a proven winner below division one and working to get a name for himself. Etc. I think everybody can see where I'm going with this so I'll just end my rant here, lol.