Ohio State has offered its head coaching position to Creighton's Greg McDermott, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. McDermott met with Ohio State brass Wednesday night.
Ohio State has offered job to Creightons Greg McDermott, source told ESPN. Two sides met tonight.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 8, 2017
McDermott, 52, has been the head coach at Creighton since 2010–11. He has a record of 165–81 in seven seasons. Under McDermott's direction, Creighton has four NCAA tournament appearances in seven years. The Blue Jays finished 25-10 this past season and lost to Rhode Island in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Prior to his stint at Creighton, McDermott had previous head coaching stops at Iowa State, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State and Wayne State. He has a career coaching record of 445–276 in 23 seasons. McDermott has been to the NCAA tournament seven times but has never advanced to the Sweet 16.
Should he accept, McDermott would replace Thad Matta, who was let go Monday after 13 seasons as Ohio State's head coach.
Matta went 337–123 during his tenure at Ohio State. Under his direction, the Buckeyes won five Big Ten championships, four Big Ten tournament titles and qualified for the NCAA tournament nine times. Ohio State made five Sweet 16 appearances under Matta, three Elite Eights and a pair of Final Fours.
Matta is the winningest coach in program history.
However, the Buckeyes missed the NCAA tournament each of the last two seasons. Ohio State finished just 17-15 overall this past year — Matta's worst season of his head coaching career — and missed postseason play all together.
Matta was expected to return to lead the Buckeyes for the 2017–18 season, but Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith opted to make the change Monday after a second-straight offseason filled with player departures and recruiting misses.
"We came to a mutual understanding, and it was time for a change in the basketball program," Smith said during a Monday press conference. "This may be a surprise to many, but I think it's the right thing for our program at the right time."
|WAYNE STATE||116–53 (.686)||15–3 (.833)|
|2000–01||North Dakota State||15–11||7–11||8th|
|NORTH DAKOTA STATE||15–11 (.577)||7–11 (.389)|
|2003–04||Northern Iowa||21–10||12–6||T–2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2004–05||Northern Iowa||21–11||11–7||T–3rd||NCAA First Round|
|2005–06||Northern Iowa||23–10||11–7||T–5th||NCAA First Round|
|NORTHERN IOWA||90–63 (.588)||49–41 (.544)|
|IOWA STATE||59–68 (.465)||18–46 (.281)|
|2011–12||Creighton||29–6||14–4||2nd||NCAA Round of 32|
|2012–13||Creighton||28–8||13–5||1st||NCAA Round of 32|
|2013–14||Creighton||27–8||14–4||2nd||NCAA Round of 32|
|2016–17||Creighton||25–10||10–8||T–3rd||NCAA First Round|
|CREIGHTON||165–81 (.671)||36–34 (.514)|