Ohio State coach Matta agrees to contract through 2015

Nov 3, 2006 - 6:23 PM COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) - Thad Matta needed just two seasons to earn himself a new contract at Ohio State.

Matta has agreed to a deal that runs through the 2014-15 season, the Buckeyes announced Friday.

The former Xavier and Butler coach has gone 46-18 in two seasons with the Buckeyes, leading the team to their first outright regular-season Big Ten Conference title since 1992 last campaign. He had been under contract through the 2011-12 season.

The new contract is retroactive to July 1 and runs through June 30, 2015. The 39-year-old Matta, who is 148-49 in six seasons as a coach, will receive $1,889,400 for the 2006-07 season and progressively more money until the 2014-15 campaign, when he will make $2,630,500.

"Thad Matta has an extraordinary gift, Ohio State athletic director Eugene Smith said. "His energy and enthusiasm are both tangible and contagious, and his results speak for themselves. He is a master coach, and teacher, and a highly positive influence on the young men in the program. We are immensely proud to have him as our coach."

After going 26-6 last season, the Buckeyes are expected to contend for the national title behind highly acclaimed freshman center Greg Oden in 2006-07.

"I would like to thank Gene Smith, president Karen Holbrook, and our board of trustees for their confidence in our program," Matta said. "More than anything, I think it sends a clear message about their belief in Ohio State basketball and the direction we collectively are trying to move this program toward in the future."

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