Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann denied having ever been contacted by another Big Ten school about its vacant coaching job and dropped a hint about another school that had interviewed him in a wide-ranging interview on an Indianapolis radio station.
Prior to his three years as Butler’s coach, Holtmann spent three years at Gardner-Webb before leaving the Runnin’ Bulldogs to take an assistant job at Butler that morphed into the head coaching job. On WNDE-FM (97.5) today, Holtmann was asked why he didn’t get a head coaching offer while at Gardner-Webb.
“I don’t know,” he said. “In some ways maybe I jumped the gun a little bit with leaving after three years. I have thought back at times and said, ‘What could have happened had we continued to build that?’ They have a very good coach now who is a friend of mine. I think the way circumstances have worked out, I’ve really been blessed to be given these opportunities that I’ve had.
“In my third year, I did interview for a job and did not get it. I don’t want to get into necessarily where, but you never know where your career path is going to take you.”
One school that evidently did not reach out to him about a job was Indiana, which fired Tom Crean shortly after the season and hired Dayton coach Archie Miller roughly two months before the Ohio State job even opened.
Asked if he had talked with the Hoosiers, Holtmann said, “I did not. No, I did not. There were a couple other places that had reached out. This one (Ohio State) was the only one where I would say there was really any in-depth conversation. There were others that called that I just politely declined to have extended conversations with.”
Humorously, Holtmann also shared an anecdote about the Big Ten schedule and how the conference tournament will conclude a week earlier than usual, giving teams a full week until the start of the NCAA Tournament.
Holtmann said there was conversation about it during Big Ten media day and early in the season but that he wasn’t asked for his opinion much because the expectations were clearly not for the Buckeyes to be worried about postseason play.