Thad Matta will no longer coach the Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team.
He said at a news conference Monday it was a "mutually agreed" decision. The campaign also spelled the first time the program failed to make the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years since Matta arrived to Columbus prior to the 2004-05 season.
Matta, who has coached the team for 13 seasons, also cited his health at a news conference Monday.
Ohio State's 7-11 Big Ten mark last season was the program's first sub-.500 league finish since a 6-10 record in 2003-04 under O'Brien.
Matta will leave OSU as the all-time winningest coach in program history at 337 wins and as the most-tenured coach with 460 games coached after 13 seasons.
Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft led the Buckeyes back to the Final Four in 2012, then Craft brought them to the Elite Eight in 2013. A national search for Matta's replacement will begin immediately. Prior to his arrival at IN he made three straight NCAA tournaments at Marquette, then took over an NCAA sanction ravaged program and returned them into a two-time Big Ten champ.More news: Polls show conflicting outcomes for UK's May in next week's election
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"We weren't winning the battles in recruiting that I thought we might have a chance to win, as he did", Smith said.
Matta has dealt with health issues for the past few years, and they have been noticeable on the court. The Buckeyes last missed the Big Dance two years in a row during a three-year absence from 2003-05. After finishing 21-14 and losing in the second round of the NIT in 2015-16, four out of five members of his 2015 recruiting class transferred.
During the tournament, Smith said Matta's job was secure. "And during that conversation, it became apparent to me, that we probably needed to facilitate a change", Smith said.
Ohio State is considered one of the best coaching jobs in not only the Big Ten, but nationally as well.
"I'm going to do my best to fine the right person that fits the Ohio State University", Smith said.