Ohio State Basketball: Comparing and Contrasting Thad Matta and Urban Meyer

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Ohio State Basketball: Comparing and Contrasting Thad Matta and Urban Meyer
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Most schools truly excel at only one of the two major collegiate sports.

Just look at last year’s champions—Alabama is as dominant as it gets on the football field, while Kentucky is the bluest of blue bloods in basketball. But get the Tide on the hardwood or the Wildcats on the gridiron and it’s not quite as pretty.

However, Ohio State is different. Barring last year’s tattoo-spoiled football season, the Buckeyes have recently been regular championship contenders in both basketball and football.

In fact, you can make the argument that only the Florida Gators have enjoyed more overall combined success in these two major sports in the past ten seasons (much of it at Ohio State’s expense).

Many of those accomplishments can be directly tied to a certain football coach that Buckeye fans are now quite familiar with.

A major factor contributing to Ohio State’s football and basketball prominence has been the coaching each team has received. Thad Matta has restored the Buckeyes’ basketball program, and Jim Tressel was the school’s best football leader since Woody Hayes.

While Tressel has since departed, it’s safe to say Ohio State still has an excellent football coach in Urban Meyer. Rarely does a school have such a major figure in the head-coaching position for both of its primary sports.

With that in mind, here is a comparison of the Buckeyes’ two leading men.

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