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10 Potential Replacements For Thad Matta At Ohio State

It is the end of an era at Ohio State.

The accomplished Thad Matta is out as the head coach of Ohio State. After a 13-year-run which included nine NCAA Tournament appearances, five Sweet Sixteens and a pair of Final Fours, Matta and OSU "mutually agreed" that he would step down.

This leaves a tremendous position open at a very strange time (June 5). The Buckeyes will no doubt have a long list of interested candidates, but they are working against the clock to get a staff filled.

We took a look at 10 potential replacements for Matta. Some of these guys are major conference coaches, while others have made their mark at the mid-major level. All have impressive credentials, though their strengths are different. They aren't in any order of candidacy.

Let's get started:

Chris Jent, Ohio State assistant coach

Jent knows the program, considering he played there and has been Matta's assistant. If the decision is made to pursue a "stopgap" type of hire, Jent would fit. However, he looks like a long shot on paper, because the Buckeyes can definitely land a bigger name.

Scott Drew, Baylor head coach

Drew has been the head coach at Baylor since 2003, so he might be looking for a new challenge. He totally rebuilt that program and turned it into a Big 12 contender. Additionally, Drew has also reached four Sweet Sixteens and two Elite Eights.

Sean Miller, Arizona head coach

The biggest collegiate name on this list. Ohio State has to make this call. However, would Miller leave Arizona for Columbus? He'd have to directly compete and coach against his brother Archie at Indiana. Also, Arizona has the likely preseason No. 1 team for 2017-18, so that cupboard might be too full to leave behind.

Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City Thunder head coach

The biggest name on this list, period. Donovan has been with OKC for two seasons, reaching the conference finals in 2016. He still has one of the best players in the NBA (Russell Westbrook) on his team, but with the Warriors dominating the West, could Donovan be enticed by an attractive college job like Ohio State? It is worth finding out.

Chris Mack, Xavier head coach

Mack is a Cleveland native and has been very successful at Xavier. He has won 67 percent of his games over eight seasons, reaching seven NCAA Tournaments. Additionally, he's made the Sweet Sixteen four times, and the Elite Eight once this past year. Not a ton of "sizzle" but a lot of steak with this hire.

Gregg Marshall, Wichita State head coach

Marshall has been the white whale for major conference programs, as they can't lure him away from Wichita. The school has made a tremendous financial effort to keep him, and he's rewarded them by making six straight NCAA Tournaments. Marshall also reached the Final Four in 2013 and the Sweet Sixteen again in 2015.

Chris Holtmann, Butler head coach

Holtmann doesn't have the name cache as some of these other guys but he's a rising star in the profession. He is 70-31 over three seasons at Butler, making the NCAA Tournament all three times. His contract was recently extended through 2025 but Ohio State might be too good to pass up if the Buckeyes come calling.

Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech head coach

Williams just got the Hokies back to the NCAA Tournament, going 22-11 in 2016-17. He's also led the program to back-to-back winning conference records in the ultra-competitive ACC. Virginia Tech has made a big financial commitment to him, and he just brought in a good recruiting class. Still, Ohio State would be a step up.

Tony Bennett, Virginia head coach

Bennett has led Virginia to five NCAA Tournament appearances in the last six seasons, reaching the Sweet Sixteen twice and the Elite Eight in 2016. A defensive-minded coach, he has also raised Virginia's recruiting profile and lured some top talent to Charlottesville. He seems like a tremendous potential fit at OSU, but can they get him?

Mick Cronin, Cincinnati head coach

Like Mack, Cronin is a strong local option. He is from Cincinnati and attended the University of Cincinnati. He has led his alma mater to seven straight NCAA Tournaments. However, Cronin has never taken the Bearcats beyond the second round, and the resources and profile of Ohio State make deep tournament runs much more likely.

Did we miss anybody? Who do you think Ohio State should hire?