Ohio State hires Butler’s Holtmann as men’s basketball coach

Ohio State has hired Butler basketball coach Chris Holtmann to be its next head coach

Butler coach Chris Holtmann watches during practice for a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Butler plays Texas Tech on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Butler coach Chris Holtmann watches during practice for a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Butler plays Texas Tech on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State has hired Butler basketball coach Chris Holtmann to be its next head coach.

Ohio State announced Holtmann’s hiring Friday morning and plans a news conference Monday to formally introduce him.

He’ll be paid about $3 million annually. Holtmann, the reigning Big East coach of the year, has been at the Indianapolis school for the past three years and took the team to the NCAA Tournament each year, with the Bulldogs reaching the Sweet 16 last season.

The 45-year-old Holtmann led the Bulldogs to a 70-31 record in his three seasons as head coach, including a 25-9 mark in 2016-17.

Ohio State parted ways with Thad Matta on Monday after two disappointing seasons, an exodus of players and some recruiting losses.

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