Report: Fred Hoiberg considered a ‘real’ candidate for Ohio State job

The College Basketball world was rocked on Monday with the announcement of Thad Matta leaving Ohio State University.

Now all of a sudden the Buckeyes have a job open for the position of head men’s basketball coach and already Fred Hoiberg has been linked to it.

College basketball reporter Gary Parrish is reporting that Hoiberg is a serious candidate for the Buckeyes head coaching job:

While it may seem a little crazy, it does have some legs.

Hoiberg coached Iowa State for five seasons before leaving to join the Bulls in June 2015. In his two seasons he’s just 83-81 as head coach and has failed to control the locker room.

The Bulls have been a mess, to say the least.

It’s not all of Hoiberg’s fault as the front office duo of Gar Forman and John Paxson haven’t made the smartest decisions.

But for Hoiberg, a move back to college basketball makes sense even though he has three years left on his five-year deal. He would get a nice check when leaving the Bulls, get a hefty contract from the Buckeyes and would have control over the recruiting and players.

That’s something he doesn’t have in Chicago.

While this report just emerged, it’s certainly something to keep an eye on moving forward.


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