A new name appears in Indiana's coaching search seemingly every day.
The Hoosiers have already been linked to the likes of Brad Stevens, Thad Matta, Scott Drew, Chris Beard, John Beilein, Dane Fife, Calbert Cheaney and Mike Woodson, among others, in the 11 days that have passed since firing Archie Miller. On Friday, a familiar name appeared: Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann.
Indiana "zeroed in" on Holtmann earlier this week, Stadium's Jeff Goodman reported on Friday evening. However, the head coach who just completed his fourth season with the Buckeyes is "happy in Columbus," per Goodman. Jeff Rabjohns of 247Sports reported he turned down Indiana's overtures.
Indiana zeroed in on Ohio States Chris Holtmann earlier in the week, source told @stadium. Holtmann is happy in Columbus.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 26, 2021
Holtmann is one of four coaches who has seven consecutive 20-win seasons.
Holtmann wrapped up his fourth season at Ohio State a week ago. His Buckeyes went 21-10, finishing fifth in the Big Ten in the regular season with a 12-8 mark, making a run to the Big Ten tournament championship game before losing in a 2-15 upset to Oral Roberts in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
His background in the state of Indiana as Butler's coach, along with the consistency of seven consecutive 20-win seasons as a head coach, likely made him an enticing candidate for the Hoosiers to consider.