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Xavier coach caught in denials

Updated: July 8, 2004, 1:10 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Xavier's Thad Matta always was the perfect choice for the Ohio State opening.

Matta knew the state of Ohio after three successful years with the Musketeers, including an Elite Eight run in March. He had Midwestern roots and grew up a Big Ten fan.

Had Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger called Matta on June 9, a day after he fired Jim O'Brien, then there would be no reason to be critical of the process or of Matta.

But Geiger didn't act that ...

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