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Rothstein | Thad Matta offered Georgia job

Jon Rothstein

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Feb 4, 2017; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta points during the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Georgia Bulldogs have offered the school’s head coaching job to former Ohio State Buckeyes head basketball coach Thad Matta, multiple sources have informed FanRag Sports. As a result, a decision is expected to be made sometime in the next 24 hours.

Earlier in the week, FanRag Sports learned that Matta was a “serious candidate” to fill the head coaching vacancy at Georgia.

Georgia previously fired Mark Fox, which notably halted his nine-year stint at the helm. Fox went 163-133 at Georgia and led the SEC program to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances along the way.

As for Matta, the former Ohio State head coach led the Buckeyes until just last year while posting a 17-15 record in what would become his final go-round in Columbus. He spent 13 years at Ohio State and took the Big Ten program to nine NCAA Tournaments. He also reached two Final Fours.

Prior to arriving at Ohio State, Matta led the Butler Bulldogs for one season back in 2000-01. Going 24-8 overall, Matta’s lone Butler squad notably reached the NCAA Tournament. After his short stint at Butler, Matta began coaching the Xavier Musketeers and stayed put for three seasons before taking over at Ohio State in 2004.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via ITunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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