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In Indianapolis, Indiana, on December 30th, the former head coach of the Butler and Ohio State teams is in attendance. The photo was taken by Michael Hickey.

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After 20 years, Matta is coming back as a coach.

The 54-year-old coach is the new head coach at the Big East school, replacing LaVall Jordan who was fired Friday after back-to-back losing seasons. A press conference will be held on Wednesday to introduce Matta.

After the last season at Ohio State, Matta and the school mutually agreed he would step down due to health issues that were causing a decline in team performance and recruiting.

In 17 years as a college head coach, Matta has gone 423-134. In 16 of the 17 seasons, Matta's teams won 20 or more games. The Ohio State teams reached the Final Four.

The success that Thad has achieved at every one of his programs speaks for itself. I've seen that in Thad as a player, assistant coach and head coach. The Matta Family has a deep appreciation for the community of Butler and I know they are excited for what will come.

Matta said that he was grateful for the chance to return to Butler and lead the school. I'm confident that the foundation is in place for the program to be among the best in the BIG EAST. I can't wait to get back to work and to be back at the fieldhouse.

Sean Miller is the third new head coach in the Big East. Like Matta, Miller previously coached at his new school, while Holloway was an associate head coach there before taking over at Saint Peter's, which he led on a Cinderella run to the Elite 8 this season.