Thad Matta to step down as Ohio State coach after 2017-18 season, report says | NCAA Basketball

Thad Matta will coach one more season before stepping down as Ohio State’s basketball coach, 247Sports reported Monday.

Matta was scheduled to appear later in the day at a news conference with athletic director Gene Smith.

Matta, who turns 50 next month, has coached through sometimes-debilitating pain for years. He has worn a brace on his right leg since a 2007 back surgery went wrong and left him unable to lift the front part of his right foot.

“The pain can get pretty bad,” he told two years ago. “… I just want to try to get healthy.’’

Matta has coached the Buckeyes for the past 13 seasons. At 337-123 in Columbus, he is the winningest coach in Ohio State history, but the Buckeyes have seen their fortunes decline steadily since an Elite Eight appearance in 2012-13.

The Buckeyes missed the postseason altogether after going 17-15 last season, just the second time in Matta’s 17 years as a head coach that his team hasn’t reached the NCAAs or NIT. The only other time Matta has missed out was in his first season at Ohio State, when the school was ineligible due to NCAA violations committed by his predecessor, Jim O’Brien.

Matta has never had a losing season, and 2016-17 was the first time one of his teams at Ohio State, Xavier or Butler has failed to win at least 20 games. He led the Buckeyes to the Final Four in 2007 and ’12, falling to Florida in the 2007 national championship game.

His .740 career winning percentage is among the best all time, topping the likes of Rick Pitino, Jim Boeheim, Lute Olson, Tom Izzo and Bobby Knight.

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An Illinois native, Matta played at Southern Illinois and Butler before going into coaching immediately after graduating.