While nobody would fault Thad Matta for retiring to a tropical beach with an unlimited supply of alcoholic drinks adorned with tiny umbrellas, it appears the former Ohio State coach has a serious interest in returning to the sport.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports Matta visited Oxford, Mississippi on Friday to talk with Rebel sachems about their men's basketball head coaching vacancy.
Former Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy stepped down after 13 seasons earlier this year after his team finished 11-16.
While Matta's interest in returning to coaching appears real, he won't take just any offer to come across his desk.
"He wouldn't take any job," the source said. "But he'd possibly consider coming back for the right one."
It appears a year off did wonders for his body as well. The source told ESPN that Matta is "rejuvenated" after dealing with back and foot issues throughout his career.