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By Matt McCoy
When former Buckeye Chris Jent left the Ohio State basketball coaching staff to become an assistant with the NBA's Sacramento Kings, it was assumed that former Duke point guard Greg Paulus would get the job. The assumtion was correct. Paulus, who has been video coordinator the last two years, was a 'no brainer' choice for coach Thad Matta.
"It was like 'Hey Greg, you're going to get to move across the hall and you get to go out and recruit and coach now,'" Matta said of the move. "Literally it was that simple in my mind."
Paulus, who turns 27 on Wednesday, is looked at as an up and comer in the coaching profession and has had opportunities to leave Ohio State for full time assistant coaching jobs elsewhere. It was reported that new Northwestern coach Chris Collins, who was an assistant at Duke during Paulus' playing days, was interested in bringing Paulus to Evanston.
"There have been some (opportunities) the last couple years that I've looked into," Paulus said. "But I just decided the best thing was to keep doing my job here and try to take advantage of it...I'm excited to be here. I've had a great relationship with Coach Matta forever and to work with him and now to coach with him is just a great opportunity."
A Familiar Name
To fill Paulus role as video coordinator, Matta went with a name familiar to Buckeye fans...Diebler. That's Jake Diebler, the older brother of the Big Ten's all-time leader in 3-pointers Jon Diebler.
"Jake has spent a lot of time in our program when Jon was here," Matta said. "If he ever had free time he was down here watching practice, in the weight room, trying to learn as much as he could about how we do it."
Diebler played at Valparaiso and then became an assistant on Bryce Drew's coaching staff at Valpo. He leaves that full time position to join the Buckeye staff in the lesser role as video coordinator.
"I've been fortunate to see my brother come through here and I know what this place means to him and in the back of my mind I always thought it would be great to be a part of that," Diebler said. "I've looked up to Coach Matta ever since my brother started playing for him and the opportunity to be around him and be around the rest of the staff was just an opportunity I couldn't pass up."
To listen to Thad Matta talk about his new hires and more click HERE:
And to listen to Paulus and Diebler talk about their new jobs click HERE:
Home schedule lacking punch
Ohio State released its non-conference schedule and while it has some signifcant challenges for the Buckeyes, (at Marquette, vs. Notre Dame in New York) the home slate is a little drab. Future Big Ten opponent Maryland's visit during the Big Ten/ACC challenge December 4 is the best of a lack luster group of visitors to Value City Arena. Fans also may be intrigued by the Ohio University visit November 12 but unless the word "Kobe" suddenly appears before December 11 opponent Bryant, there really isn't much to get the Buckeye Nut House amped up.
The Big Ten schedule has not yet been released but we do know that Ohio State will play Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Northwestern only once and it's Indiana and Wisconsin--two marquee opponents, who won't be making a trip to Columbus.
The Big Ten will be excellent again so there will be quality opponents visiting the Schott but without the Hoosiers or Badgers, the only home conference games that will generate immediate interest are Michigan and Michigan State.
Here's the non-conference schedule and the Big Ten home opponents, minus the dates.
Nov. 9 Morgan State
Nov. 12 Ohio University
Nov. 16 @Marquette
Nov. 20 American University
Nov. 25 Wyoming
Nov. 29 North Florida
Dec. 4 Maryland
Dec. 7 Central Connecticut State
Dec. 11 Bryant
Dec. 14 North Dakota State
Dec. 18 Delaware
Dec. 21 Notre Dame (in New York City, MSG)
Dec. 27/28 Louisiana-Monroe
Big Ten Home Opponents
Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, Illinois, Penn State and Minnesota