Lamont Parris, Sean Miller and other coaching candidates at Ohio State

With the firing of Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann near the end of his seventh year in Columbus, the Buckeyes are the first major school to land a new coach for the 2024 season, and they will begin their search, according to a release from the school, once OSU's 2023-24 campaign concludes.

Among the unknowns is what incoming athletic director Ross Burke will value in a candidate. Not only will this be his first big move at Ohio State, it will be among his first. He begins his role as senior advisor to the athletic director position on March 1, and reports to the president, before assuming the position this summer.

Below is a list of potential candidates in alphabetical order.

Jeff Pauls, Ohio

A former Ohio State assistant head coach during the Thad Matta era, Bowles was with the Buckeyes from 2009-16 before taking the head coaching position at Stony Brook. He went 55-41 in three seasons there before taking the job at his alma mater in 2019. In 2021, he led the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Mid-American Conference tournament and knocking off national champion Virginia in the first round. .

Dennis Gates, Missouri

Gates, 44, spent eight years as an assistant to Leonard Hamilton at Florida State before becoming the head coach at Cleveland State for the 2019-20 season. In three years there, the Jets won 50 games and were 39-19 in his final two seasons. He was named conference coach of the year in each of his first two seasons and in 2021 coached the school's first NCAA tournament win in 12 years.

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Gates took a 12-win Missouri team in 2021-22, going 25-10 in his first season while being named SEC Coach of the Year. This year, though, the Tigers are 8-16 overall and 0-11 in the league.

Pat Kelsey, College of Charleston

A Cincinnati native who played at Wyoming and Xavier, Kelce was an assistant at Wake Forest, an assistant coach at Xavier and the head coach at both Winthrop and Charleston. He was named Big South Coach of the Year in 2021 and won four conference championships before moving to Charleston in 2021. There, he led the Cougars to a 31-4 record, including a 28-game winning streak, in his second season.

He is one of four active Division I men's basketball coaches with at least 203 wins in 10 or fewer seasons, joining a list that includes Chris Beard, Archie Miller and Bryce Drew.

(Dusty Mae, Florida Atlantic).

One of the hottest names in the profession, May led Florida Atlantic to a historic Final Four last season and will make it again this year with essentially the same roster. The Owls went 35-4 last year and 19-5 as of Wednesday.

He signed a 10-year extension with FAU last April. May was a student director at Indiana.

Greg McDermott, Creighton

The Buckeyes pursued McDermott before hiring Holtmann, flying Smith on a private plane to meet him only to fly back to Columbus and officially sign Holtmann within 24 hours. He is now in his 14th season with the Bluejays. During his first 13 years, he was 150-300 years old.

Before taking the Creighton job, McDermott spent four years as Iowa State's head coach, winning 59 games.

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Sean Miller, Xavier

Now in his second tour with the Knights, Miller spent 12 years in Arizona. He has made eight trips to the Sweet 16 and four to the Elite Eight. In his first season at Xavier he helped the Knights go 27-10.

He has an indirect connection to Ohio State: Miller was Thad Matta's associate head coach at Xavier from 2001-04 and took the job full-time when Matta left for the Buckeyes.

Wes Miller, Cincinnati

Miller is in his third season with the Bearcats. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as UNC Greensboro's head coach. He won 217 games before turning 40, the 15th most all-time and seventh among coaches since 1970. In May 2020, ESPN named him the No. 1 coach under 40.

Miller won 185 games at UNC Greensboro and made two NCAA Tournament appearances while in the Southern Conference. He played collegiately with Roy Williams at North Carolina State, where he was team captain for the 2006-07 season.

Nate Oats, Alabama

In five years with the Crimson Tide, during which he turned Alabama into one of the best teams in the SEC, Oats established himself as a coach who uses a high-tempo, fast-paced style.

He was the head coach at Buffalo for four years, twice reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament, before joining Alabama in 2019. His teams have finished in the top 20 in pace and the top 40 in adjusted offensive efficiency in seven straight years according to

He received a contract extension in 2021 and signed with Alabama through March 14, 2027.

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(Lamont Paris, South Carolina).

An Ohio native, Paris is from Findlay and played four seasons in Worcester before working his way up the coaching ladder. Paris was an assistant at Akron for five years and then moved to Wisconsin where he spent eight years as an assistant.

Parise coached at Chattanooga for the 2017-18 season and reached the 2022 NCAA Tournament before being hired at South Carolina for the 2022-23 season. The Gamecocks are 21-3 this season and 9-2 in the SEC, making them a contender for National Coach of the Year honors.

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Buzz Williams, Texas A&M

Ohio State showed some interest in Williams before hiring Holtmann. He was at Virginia Tech at the time, where he made the 2019 Sweet 16 before taking the job at Texas A&M, before Bjork arrived. With the Aggies, Williams set a scoring record in three of his first four seasons while making the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

Williams spent one year in New Orleans, six years at Marquette (with two Sweet 16 finishes and one Elite Eight) and five years at Virginia Tech.

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