Chris Holtmann: Coach Of The Year If ...

Chris Holtmann: Coach Of The Year If ...

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Chris Holtmann: Coach Of The Year If ...


Ohio State has completely shattered the low expectations coming into this year. There’s still time left, but is there any way that Chris Holtmann doesn’t get coach of the year in the Big Ten? What about nationally?


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Chris Holtmann’s Coach Of The Year Candidacy

Right now, who do you have for coach of the year in the Big Ten? Okay, who do you have for coach of the year in all of NCAA basketball?

Doesn’t it have to be Chris Holtmann? I suppose you can nominate Matt Painter of Purdue because it’s hard enough to live up to lofty expectations, and I’ve never been a big fan of the coach that exceeded expectations being the default. Although that’s generally how it goes.

I mean look at Ohio State football. Despite all the great seasons, national championships, and a slew of Big Ten and division titles, the last Buckeye sheriff to get Big Ten coach of the year was Earl Bruce in 1979. True story, and that’s just not right.

But this is different isn’t it?

And I guess depending on what happens, if Michigan State can seal the deal and win the Big Ten, you could argue the same for Tom Izzo. But not this year.

Not in a year when this Ohio State team has done the unthinkable. This isn’t a team that was supposed to be a middle of the pack, NCAA fringe team taking its place at the top of the league with just a couple of weeks to go in the conference season.

No, this program was a bit of an oil spill heading into this year. What we’ve seen over the last three years is a program full of “me” guys with a lack of trust, resilience, and fortitude. It’s been a program sliding the wrong way with no light at the end of the tunnel.

And then this year has happened.

You watch this team, and you wonder how they are doing it. There’s really only one NBA-type on the roster right now (Keita Bates-Diop), and there’s not one stat that jumps out at you as something this Buckeye team does at an elite level.

But they seem to do a little bit of everything good. From rebounding, to defending, to hitting timely shots, there’s not a whole lot the team can’t do. Or something it does a poor job of.

That’s not the real story though. This team has rallied around Holtmann and his culture of trusting guys, playing hard no matter the situation, and coming out the other end on the positive ledger more often than not.

And Holtmann is to be commended for that. He’s had these guys build solid relationships and play the game the right way.

I’d give the guy coach of the year regardless of what happens the rest of the way in the Big Ten, and I can’t think of any other coach in the country that should be the national coach of the year as it stands right now.

There’s still time, and I guess there are scenarios that could arise, but Chris Holtmann is doing things we just don’t see, leading a team that has come so far in such a short time.

 

 

 

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