Thad Matta reportedly had a big $15 million offer from the Georgia Bulldogs. He will not be taking over the SEC program.
Matta was out of the sport this season, after being let go by Ohio State very late. Matta reached two Final Fours and won five Big Ten regular season titles and four conference tournaments while the Buckeyes head coach.
Ohio State hired Butler's Chris Holtmann to replace him. The Buckeyes, which went 17-15 last season and missed a second-straight NCAA Tournament in 2017, are now a five-seed in this year's Big Dance.
Matta's tenure with the Buckeyes may have run its course. However, he was one of the top coaches in college basketball for a long time and at just 50 years old, should have some more in the tank.
His return to the sideline won't be with Georgia, however. ESPN's Jeff Goodman broke the news that Matta has turned down the school's offer.
Thad Matta told Goodman about his decision:
This is the second SEC job that Matta has been connected to, and will not take. He had previously checked out Ole Miss.
A few days after heading to Oxford, however, it was reported that he was no longer a candidate. It is unclear which side backed away.
Matta has also been connected to the opening at Pitt. The Panthers, which play in the ACC, are the highest profile of the three openings, but also come with the highest expectation and may be the biggest rebuild after a very poor two-year tenure by Kevin Stallings.
Georgia's attention could very well turn to another former top Big Ten coach: Tom Crean. Dick Vitale is now stumping for the former Hoosiers coach.
Georgia fired Mark Fox after nine seasons. The Dawgs went 18-15, with a 7-11 SEC record this season.