Better basketball job, Indiana or Ohio St? You will be surprised what I found out.

Posted: June 6, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

Unknown-14This week news broke of Ohio State and Thad Matta parting ways opening up the Buckeye’s head basketball coaching position.  This got me thinking.  What is the better basketball job right now, Indiana or Ohio St?  

Now many of the IU fans I asked in my normal course of day scoffed like I was asking a ludicrous question but I really didn’t think so.  I’m serious.  If I was an up and coming coach what job would I rather have?  I’m really not sure.

Thad Matta made $3.37 million vs Tom Crean’s $3.15 million showing both schools are willing to get off their wallets so no really advantage there.  Then I was wondering which program had been the most successful over the past 30 years.  I thought it would be close but what I found out really surprised me.  Take a look for yourself.

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Not only is it close but the two programs are damn near identical.  It is amazing how close these numbers are especially when you think how many coaches each school has gone through during this 30 year span.  Indiana had five coaches (Knight, Davis, Sampson, Dakich and Crean) while Ohio State had four (Williams, Ayers, O’Brien and Matt).

For all the reasons above I think when the dust settles and OSU wakes from their daydream of NBA coaches and names like Shaka Smart they will be looking at roughly the same list of names the Hoosiers were looking at.  Unknown-15Well guess what, it might not be the sexiest list of names but it is full of guys that can get the job done.  The two guys I thought IU should have taken over Archie Miller, Chris Mack and Chris Holtmann, will surely get serious looks.  The ironic thing is if Miller would have known this was happening or OSU had not waited so long Archie would probably be heading to Columbus instead of Bloomington for next season.

As much as Hoosier fans think the Indiana program is superior to Ohio State they are just wrong.  If you go back forty, fifty years sure but come on.  Do you know how long ago that feels to kids today?  That’s like us comparing Rupp’s Kentucky to McCracken’s IU, irrelevant to any conversation being had today or even when we where kids in the 80’s or 90’s.

Unknown-16I know Purdue has always been Indiana’s BigTen rival but with Archie at the helm The Ohio State University might be the team the Hoosiers circle on their calenders from here on out.   And just imagine if the Buckeyes hire Holtmann.  Man, this is going to be fun to watch.


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