Greg McDermott turns down Ohio State job to stay at Creighton

Creighton coach Greg McDermott announced he is staying with the Bluejays, where he’s been for the past seven seasons.

McDermott was offered the head coaching job at Ohio State after a meeting Wednesday night.

"I’m blessed and honored to be the coach at Creighton,” McDermott tweeted, “and am looking forward to many more great years in Omaha!”

It’s unclear what type of offer Ohio State had on the table for McDermott. According to USA TODAY Sports’ salary database, McDermott was making $1,153,488 at Creighton in the 2014 calendar year. The program has a die hard fanbase and draws more than 17,000 fans a game annually to CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

McDermott, 52, has taken Creighton to the NCAA tournament four times and posted a 165-81 record in his seven seasons at the school. He helped the Bluejays make the transition from the Missouri Valley to the Big East in 2013, largely thanks to the All-American seasons of his son, Doug McDermott, who now plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. McDermott also previously coached at Iowa State and Northern Iowa.

The Buckeyes and Thad Matta parted ways earlier this week after 13 seasons. Matta’s teams reached two Final Fours and made the Sweet 16 five times. Ohio State went 17-15 last season and missed the NCAA tournament — capping off another underachieving season.

The timing of Ohio State’s move meant a high-profile coaching vacancy at a rare time in the sport’s offseason. Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg told the Chicago Tribune he wasn’t interested in the position earlier this week.

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