Report: Former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson expected to be next Ohio State offensive coordinator


Report: Former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson expected to be next Ohio State offensive coordinator

It seems Kevin Wilson will go from being a Big Ten East head coach to being a Big Ten East offensive coordinator.

According to a Tuesday-night report from Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman, Ohio State is expected to name the former Indiana head coach its new offensive coordinator.

Wilson recently resigned as the Hoosiers' head coach, departing the program amid what athletics director Fred Glass called "philosophical differences," though it was later revealed that the athletics department had investigated claims of player mistreatment.

Wilson was pretty successful in recent seasons, leading Indiana to back-to-back bowl games, the first time the Hoosiers made back-to-back postseason appearances in 25 years.

His offenses were always prolific, ranking in the top five in the Big Ten in each of the last four seasons. Indiana led the conference in total offense during the 2015 season and ranked in the top 15 nationally in both 2015 and 2013.

Wilson has previously worked as an offensive coordinator at Oklahoma, Northwestern and Miami (Ohio).

Ohio State is undergoing an offensive makeover after Saturday night's startling shutout loss in the Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes were held to just 216 total yards and just 88 on the ground. The play-calling was particularly criticized, with freshman running back Mike Weber receiving just three carries. But quarterback J.T. Barrett, who despite winning the conference's Quarterback of the Year award struggled to find consistency passing the ball this season, was constantly under pressure by the Clemson defense, which recorded 11 tackles for loss.

It was the first time ever an Urban Meyer coached team was shut out, the first time Ohio State was shut out since 1993 and the first time Ohio State was shut out in a bowl game since 1920.

After the game, Meyer vowed offensive improvement, and he started that process Tuesday, Ohio State announcing Ryan Day as the team's new quarterbacks coach with former co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks Tim Beck heading to Texas. Co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner remains on staff, though it was reported Tuesday that his role might change. Wilson's arrival could certainly mean that will be the case.

Big Ten reportedly talking about expanding conference basketball schedule


Big Ten reportedly talking about expanding conference basketball schedule

Conference play could be getting a bit longer in the Big Ten.

According to a Monday report from ESPN's Jeff Goodman, there are talks about expanding the Big Ten conference basketball schedule from 18 games to 20 games.

Commissioner Jim Delany told Goodman that while there hasn't been a vote among the league's coaches yet, there are ongoing discussions about lengthening conference play by a couple of games.

Conference play expanded a decade ago, when the number of league games jumped from 16 to 18 for the 2007-08 season.

In order for there to be enough days in between games for players, an expanded league schedule would mean the beginning of conference play coming earlier in December. Recently, conference play has typically started around New Year's. Of course, there will be a week earlier start to conference play this season with the Big Ten Tournament — at Madison Square Garden in New York — a week earlier than usual, wrapping a full week before Selection Sunday.

Similar moves have been made in football, with the Big Ten starting a nine-game conference slate last fall. It's meant league games in September — a no-no in the past — and this season will feature a conference matchup in the season's first week, when Indiana and Ohio State play on Aug. 31.

Expanding conference play in college basketball would have a similar effect as it has had on schedules in football. With fewer non-conference slots to fill, those games become more important to a team's NCAA tournament resume. It forces teams to schedule more high-profile opponents and eliminate games against small schools that generate little interest during the season's first couple months.

The ACC, a league that often runs neck and neck with the Big Ten in the debate over which is America's top basketball conference, announced it will be moving to a 20-game schedule last July, with that starting in the 2019-20 season.

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo shared some thoughts on the subject with Goodman, saying he expects the move to happen.

"I personally see us going to a 20-game schedule," Izzo told Goodman. "I don't think there's any question it's going to happen — and I'm not overly against it."

Ohio State has its new head coach in Butler's Chris Holtmann


Ohio State has its new head coach in Butler's Chris Holtmann

Ohio State found its next head basketball coach, going to one of Thad Matta's former employers to find the longtime coach's successor.

The school announced Friday morning that Butler head coach Chris Holtmann is the Buckeyes' new head coach.

Holtmann spent the past three seasons as the head coach at Butler, posting a 70-31 record and making NCAA tournament appearances in all three of those seasons, including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in March. He was named the Big East Coach of the Year this past season.

Holtmann spent two seasons as an assistant at Ohio under former Illinois head coach John Groce, a former Matta assistant, before serving as the head coach at Gardner-Webb for three seasons. Holtmann left Gardner-Webb for an assistant-coaching job at Butler, though he was quickly promoted to interim head coach and then head coach in Indianapolis.

Holtmann takes over for Matta, who himself was the Butler head coach in the 2000-01 season before becoming the all-time wins leader at Ohio State. Matta's mostly successful tenure was ended earlier this week, when athletics director Gene Smith saw recruiting misses teaming with declining win totals to create a dip in Matta's success.

This week has been dominated by rumors and declarations of lack of interest from numerous candidates and possible candidates for the job. Xavier head coach Chris Mack and Creighton head coach Greg McDermott both made their decisions to stay at their current schools known via social media, and a report linking Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg to the job forced a no-interest comment from Hoiberg, too.

Despite those repeated "no thank yous," though, Ohio State is still seen to be one of the best jobs in college basketball thanks to one of the highest-profile athletics departments and one of the best conferences in the country, providing ample resources.

Recruiting will be a big expectation for Holtmann, as Matta's performance in that area dipped near the end of his tenure. The Buckeyes missed the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons, while Holtmann just took Butler to a No. 4 seed in the Big Dance, the highest in that program's history.