This past week was a crazy one in the basketball coaching world with Thad Matta stepping down as head coach of Ohio State’s mens basketball. The sudden vacancy in Columbus sparked a bunch of names to be rumored including some current NBA coaches who previously coached in college. Although Fred Hoiberg wasn’t first mentioned in the initial names, Bulls Twitter still joked about the possibility of him going to OSU.
Well, it looks like this actually might become a real thing.
According to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports (and backed up by Marc Stein of ESPN), Hoiberg has become a candidate for Ohio State coaching job.
Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg has emerged as a real candidate at Ohio State, a source told @CBSSports.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) June 8, 2017
This is huge news but getting Hoiberg to leave the Bulls wouldn’t be that easy, especially from a money perspective. He’s still under contract for another three whole years and the Bulls would have to be comfortable with letting him go, even if Hoiberg quitting would surely mean he wouldn’t be getting that guaranteed money. Tom Thibodeau was fired and the rest of his salary paid out, but he only had one year left on his contract and there obviously was a lot of tension between him and management.
Also would be worth noting that Hoiberg himself would have to be interested in taking the job if Ohio State offered. Considering how good his offensive system was at Iowa State, he would be an interesting hire for the Buckeyes.
This would be a huge shift for the Bulls in terms of their offseason plans. Gar Forman and John Paxson stated that basically good chunks of the roster would come back along with the head coach. But with the Hoiberg to Ohio State rumors popping up, that may not be the case anymore. It’s been a tough two years in Chicago for Fred Hoiberg and his stay in the Windy City may be coming to a close sooner than expect.
Update: Hoiberg with the quick denial, via KC Johnson
Fred Hoiberg: "Anytime your name is associated with great job, it's an honor. But I'm head coach of the Bulls/have no intention of leaving."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 8, 2017