Thad Matta Deserves His New Contract From Ohio State University

By Chris Katje
USA TODAY Sports-Mark L. Baer

Earlier in the week, Ohio State Men’s Basketball head coach Thad Matta was given a new contract from the school. Since 2004, Matta has turned a program that was on probation into one of the best teams in the nation. Matta’s raise makes him one of the top ten highest paid NCAA Basketball coaches, which is something he clearly deserves.

Prior to coaching at Ohio State, Matta had coaching stints at both Butler and Xavier. In 2004, Ohio State hired Matta to replace Jim O’Brien, who had committed violations with the NCAA. While at Ohio State, O’Brien had a 51-57 record. Part of the reason O’Brien was fired, along with the Ohio State football violations came new stricter wording in Matta’s contract.

Matta’s new deal will keep him with Ohio State through 2019, earning $3.2 million annually. Included in the contract are academic bonuses, one thing Matta has helped to improve at the Big Ten school. In the contract is stricter wording concerning NCAA violations. If Matta knows of anyone committing violations, he is required by his contract to notify the school.

Matta has helped Ohio State win five Big Ten Championships and three Big Ten Tournaments. Under his leadership, the team holds a 234-69 record, including 2012-2013’s 13-4 current mark. Ohio State has been to the NCAA Tournament six times, including two Final Fours and one NCAA Championship appearance.

In his coaching career, Matta holds an impressive 336-100 record. Year after year, Matta brings one of the best squads to the NCAA Tournament. This year’s team is no different as it fights to finish in the top four of the super competitive Big Ten Conference. Ohio State is clearly spending good money here to keep Matta happy and away from other schools.

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