The Sidelines: New Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann breaks down his decision to head to Columbus

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It was the biggest story in college basketball over the last week, and the man in the center of it all joined ‘The Sidelines’ podcast with FS1 college basketball insider Evan Daniels to discuss it all on Wednesday.

That man is former Butler head coach Chris Holtmann, who recently accepted the head coaching job at the Ohio State University. Holtmann and Daniels broke down a number of different topics, including:

  • Holtmann’s wild, roller-coaster career. Just four years ago he resigned as the head coach at Garner-Webb to take an assistant’s job at Butler. Could he have ever imagined that four years later he’d be the head coach at Ohio State?
  • What went into the decision to take the Buckeyes’ head coaching job? How long did it take from the time Ohio State offered until he accepted? Also, how hard was it to leave Butler? Holtmann details his emotional final meeting with his former Bulldogs’ players.
  • Finally, how’s life in Columbus so far? What has he seen from the Buckeyes on film? What has he done behind the scenes to get things going? And also, why his wife and daughter might be upset with him thanks to the timing of this decision! It’s a story you’ve got to hear!

Remember, this is just the latest edition of ‘The Sidelines Podcast‘ as Evan has welcomed some of the biggest names in basketball onto the show throughout the year. Previous guests include legendary coaches like Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo and Jay Wright, as well as top NBA Draft prospects Jayson Tatum, De’Aaron Fox and Markelle Fultz.

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