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Chris Holtmann (2018 B1G Coach of the Year)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by LordJeffBuck, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. LordJeffBuck

    LordJeffBuck Illuminatus Emeritus Staff Member

  2. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Bring Ryan Pedon with you. And Kyle Young. Thanks.
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  3. starBUCKS

    starBUCKS BPCFFB League #2 League Champion 2008 & 2010

    I'd have to imagine Pedon is a candidate to take over at Butler. Hopefully he lands Columbus with Holtmann.
  4. NFBuck

    NFBuck Total Coverage.

    That's a long contract, but I believe he was signed through 2025 at Butler, so wasn't much choice.

    I think this is about as good a hire as we could have made, outside of pipe dreams like Billy Donovan and Sean Miller.

    I've said since the idea of replacing Matta became a legit topic that the idea that the next coach could replicate Matta's success was a risky idea. While it isn't the standard I personally will hold him to, I think Holtmann gives us the best chance of approaching those days as anybody that has been realistically discussed.

    Comparing him to Matta directly, I think he's a superior in game coach and tactician. As far as recruiting, he's recruited quite well at Butler, but I'm not sure anybody will recruit here like Matta did from 2005-2010(ish). There were unique circumstances in place during that period that made tOSU far more attractive for blue-chippers than the current day. However, I believe Holtmann can get more out of his players than Matta did.

    Patience will be key. But I think there's reason for more optimism this year than there was a week ago. I think Holtmann can maximize the potential of Guys like KBD, Kam Williams, CJ Jackson, the Wessons, Funderburke, and Potter. They might not be a tourney team this year, but they should be more watchable than we expected.

    For the first time in years, I feel optimistic about the future of tOSU hoops. Everybody exhale. We got a good one.
  5. Tanner

    Tanner Senior

  6. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    I'm reasonably optimistic about the hire. I'll probably start watching games again, at least.
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  7. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    The business guy in me can't help but marvel at how badly Holtman's agent probably bent Gene over the table.

    Talk about zero leverage (Gene)
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  8. zincfinger

    zincfinger Gert Frobe-approved

    It's probably been discussed on here before, but what were the unique circumstances that were in place from 2005-2010(ish)?
  9. NFBuck

    NFBuck Total Coverage.

    1. Kentucky was down.
    2. IU was recovering from the nuke job following the Sampson blunder
    3. Purdue was just establishing itself under Painter
    4. scUM basketball was an afterthought.
    5. The Midwest, in general, was wide open as far as having any "national" powers

    Now you have a juggernaut Kentucky program. IU, despite middling results on court recruited very well under Crean and will continue to under Miller. Painter recruits very well. scUM is at least competitive in basketball. And you have solid Ohio programs in Xavier and the juggaloes. It's a lot more competitive field regionally than it was a decade ago.
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  10. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    I'd throw out there that any half decent recruiter should be able to use LeBron/Nike/Urban Meyer and his recruiting/social media machine to do well--- at the very least, to lock down a few top Ohio guys each year.
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  11. NFBuck

    NFBuck Total Coverage.

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  12. NFBuck

    NFBuck Total Coverage.

    While I don't think they'll be an NCAA tourney team by any stretch, I suspect they'll be much more watchable than we expected a week ago. I'm intrigued to see what Holtmann and his staff can wring out of these guys.
  13. buckeyemania11

    buckeyemania11 HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE!!! Former BPCFFB II Champ '18 Bowl Upset Contest Winner

    I'm at least expecting to see a lot better overall effort.

    Especially with the dead weight gone (not going to name drop but you can probably guess the 2 i'm thinking of)
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  14. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    When nobody else is even willing to answer a call from the 614 area code, you get to name your price.
  15. NFBuck

    NFBuck Total Coverage.

    Without a doubt. I think the atmosphere around the program was so toxic at this point, that expecting any kind of reinvigoration this winter was foolish. Now you have a terrific coach coming in to re-inject some energy into a lifeless program. I would at least expect better effort than we've seen the last 2-3 years, and that's a great start. After that elephant-dung effort against Rutgers, it was clear the players had checked out.
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