Sources: Ohio State eyeing Diebler for head coach’s job

Ohio State Reportedly Considering Jon Diebler for Head Coach Position

In Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University might soon announce its new head men’s basketball coach, and it appears they won’t be looking far. Jake Diebler, who’s been serving as the interim head coach, is rumored to be the top choice for the permanent position. This decision could be finalized sometime this week, according to insiders.

Diebler has impressively led the Buckeyes through a strong finish to their season, securing victories in seven of their last nine games. This includes a remarkable win against the then-second-ranked Purdue in what was Diebler’s debut as coach, along with a series of five consecutive wins before a loss to Illinois in the Big Ten tournament. Under his guidance, the team also ended a 17-game losing streak on the road.

While the Buckeyes are waiting to see where their recent performances will place them in the postseason, their chances of participating in the NCAA Tournament seem slim.

Diebler stepped up as the interim head coach following the dismissal of Chris Holtmann last month, who was in his seventh season with the team. If Diebler is appointed, it will be his first time serving as a head coach. He joined the Ohio State coaching staff as an assistant before the 2019-20 season and is now 37 years old.