Holtmann to become Ohio State head coach

Butler head coach Chris Holtmann directs his players from the bench in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Cincinnati. Butler won 88-79. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has hired Butler basketball coach Chris Holtmann to be its next head coach.

Ohio State announced Holtmann’s hiring Friday morning and plans a news conference Monday to formally introduce him. He’ll be paid about $3 million annually.

Holtmann, the reigning Big East coach of the year, has been at the Indianapolis school for the past three years and took the team to the NCAA Tournament each year, with the Bulldogs reaching the Sweet 16 last season.

The 45-year-old Holtmann led the Bulldogs to a 70-31 record in his three seasons as head coach, including a 25-9 mark in 2016-17.

Ohio State parted ways with Thad Matta on Monday after two disappointing seasons, an exodus of players and some recruiting losses.

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