Thad Matta returns to Butler: 'I'm not going to die. My foot doesn't work. That's it.'

Matthew Glenesk
Indianapolis Star

Thad Matta is back at Butler University.

The former Ohio State, Xavier and Butler coach was re-introduced as the Bulldogs' head coach Wednesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Matta's hiring was announced by the school Sunday, two days after firing LaVall Jordan.

"It's good to be home. It's a little bit bittersweet to be here," Matta said at Wednesday's public unveiling. "LaVall Jordan played for me. What most people don't understand is coaches are people. They have families, they have assistant coaches who have families... They are human beings."

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Matta, who spent this past season as an associate athletic director at IU, was 24-8 in his only season as Butler head coach in 2000-01, delivering the Bulldogs’ first NCAA tournament victory in 32 years. He stepped down from coaching at Ohio State in 2017 because of health issues with his foot.

"I wouldn't have taken this job, just to address the elephant in the room, if I didn't think I was physically capable," he said Wednesday. "I'm not going to die. My foot doesn't work. That's it."

He added: "I've punched my ticket and I'm ready for another heck of a ride."

Here's more of what was said at Wednesday's news conference:

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