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Thad Matta out as basketball coach at Ohio State

Thad Matta out as basketball coach at Ohio State. (file)

Thad Matta is out as Ohio State's basketball coach after 13 seasons.

He said at a news conference Monday it was a "mutually agreed" decision.

He coached the Buckeyes to two Final Fours while he was there from 2005 to 2017. Ohio State finished 21-14 this year.

Matta has been troubled by back pain following surgery complications and walks with a limp. He mentioned "trying to get healthy" as a reason for leaving the job.

His teams won at least 20 games in 12 consecutive seasons. Matta is the school's career leader in wins and games. He won five regular-season Big Ten titles and four league tournaments, the most championships of any league coach over the last 13 seasons.

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