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Thad Matta's surprising departure at Ohio State marks end of Big Ten era

Thad Matta's surprising departure at Ohio State marks end of Big Ten era

The news shook the Big Ten on Monday: the Thad Matta era is over at Ohio State.

A job considered in the top 20 nationally is open after athletic director Gene Smith announced on Monday that he recently met with Matta and concluded it was time to part ways after 13 seasons.

Matta, sitting to Smith's left at a news conference in what must be one of the most amicable splits in college sports history, was emotional when thanking his former players. "We've had some good ones," Matta said.

But not enough of them lately, which is why Smith said he decided it was the "right time" to look for Matta's successor.

"I felt comfortable after the season...

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