Former Ohio University coach Thad Matta is out of a job after two seasons as the Buckeyes’ coach, but that hasn’t stopped him from talking about his own career.
Matta said in an interview that he has no regrets about the decisions he made as the program’s head coach, and that he hopes he will be able to keep the Ohio State program competitive.
“I have a lot of fond memories of what I did there,” Matta said.
“The people there, the fans and the alumni.
It’s just an unfortunate, unfortunate thing to be going through.
But I think I’ve grown a lot and I feel very lucky to be in a position where I’m able to have the opportunity to help some of the younger players that are trying to figure things out in their careers.”
Matta, who left Ohio for the head coaching position at Kentucky last week, said he had no plans to return to the program.
The Wildcats announced Matta’s departure in a statement.
The departure of Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith comes as the school faces a slew of NCAA sanctions stemming from its handling of the sexual assault case involving former assistant football coach Joe Barry.
Smith also will not be able a hold on a second job after he stepped down from the Ohio job in the spring, but Ohio officials have been adamant that they will not give up any of their financial resources for the sake of an investigation.
Ohio officials said that the university has $200 million in cash reserves.