It’s the off-season, but big-time college athletics has a year-round clock. Chris Holtmann continues to make waves in the college basketball universe with what he did on the court, and how things are going off of it.
Ohio State Basketball: Chris Holtmann Continues To Exceed Expectations
When Chris Holtmann decided to take the Ohio State job, many felt it was a good fit, but it wasn’t quite the cannonball splash hire that many outside of the current administration wanted.
There were so-called bigger names out there like Tom Crean, Billy Donovan, Mike Brown and Archie Miller among others that would have sent a tidal wave of ripples through the college basketball world.
Instead, athletic director Gene Smith settled on the unassuming, yet highly respectable (and somewhat underappreciated) Butler head coach to infuse some momentum back into the program.
And while the timing was an odd and challenging one, Holtmann hit the ground running. He’s still sprinting along today.
Time Flies When You’re Kicking Butt
As we look back at it and the race that’s been run in just over a little more than a year, it’s quite amazing to see what has already been accomplished. Holtmann took a team that was expected to be an also-ran in the Big Ten and nearly took it to a league title, and even had the team in the Top Ten nationally at one point in the season.
Last season wasn’t a bridge to the future, instead it stood on its own merits with the conference Player of the Year, a second-place finish in the league, and a second-round exit in the NCAA Tournament.
If you’d have predicted anything close to that to anyone associated with college basketball, they’d have thrown you in the loony bin with Jim Harbaugh. Yet there it is, a remarkable season considering all the challenges and road-blocks sitting in the way of progress.