First responders who need to replace a turnout coat or purchase a new pair of boots, but don’t have the money to do so, now have an option.Aventa Credit Union in Colorado Springs, Colo., introduced a loan program earlier this year that helps first responders purchase equipment they need to replace or upgrade—costs a stipend or their department don’t always cover.“We can give back to our firefighters, police officers, and other first responders,” says Karin Kovalovsky, vice president of corporate communications and marketing for the $163 million asset credit union, which serves city employees in three counties.Individuals who show proof of employment or volunteer affiliation with a first responder unit can receive up to $5,000, repayable over a three-year term at a fixed 3% annual percentage rate.First responders can use the loans to purchase equipment and apparel such as radio holsters, dry suits, patrol jackets, and helmet-mounted lights. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
However, they say it’s the toll on mental health the virus takes on people that have not received as much attention. They say the isolation it causes can drive people back to addiction. (WBNG) — New resources are being devoted to fighting the opioid epidemic in the Southern Tier. It’s a $13 million investment. Officials say just because there’s a pandemic, the fight against addiction isn’t over. Helio Health, along with state and local officials, has announced 50 new stabilization and rehabilitation beds in Binghamton. There are currently 50 beds, but 50 more beds for a total of 100 beds will be made available for recovering addicts at the Helio Health Center on Glenwood Road. Officials say it’s more important now than it ever has been to help people fighting addiction. They say the physical toll of the coronavirus has been well accounted for. “The work of government doesn’t stop,” said Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul. “We have to ensure that projects like these continue, that money continues to flow from the oasis, that partners like Helio Health are able to mobilize and get this off the ground because we could not have foreseen when projects like this were first offered to us that there would be a higher demand than ever before,” she said.
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Lampard, who is 36 in June, is out of contract at the end of the campaign alongside captain John Terry and Ashley Cole, a trio who have been mainstays at Chelsea for eight years and more. “Frank Lampard is ill, he is in bed,” Mourinho said. Frank Lampard may have already played his final match for Chelsea after Jose Mourinho revealed the midfielder is a major doubt for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League finale at Cardiff. Other managers have paid with their jobs in similar circumstances under notoriously hard-to-please owner Roman Abramovich, but the Portuguese is likely to remain after guiding Chelsea back into title contention for much of the campaign, after the Blues finished 25 points off the pace in 2012 and 14 adrift last term. “By the competitive aspect I think it was an evolution,” Mourinho said. “Some of the players had for the first time that experience of fighting for the title, until it was not possible, and fighting for the Champions League, playing Champions League knockout phase, quarter-finals, semi-finals. “This is not the kind of season that Chelsea celebrates, because this is Chelsea’s nature and my nature. “We are not jumping because in such a difficult Premier League we finished third and qualified to the Champions League group phase without play-offs. “In this moment we are thinking about next season. We are turning our focus not to the World Cup but to preparations for next season.” Mourinho has often spoken of transition since returning to Stamford Bridge and he will have decisions to make this summer. As well as the futures of Terry, Lampard and Cole, Chelsea and Mourinho have other things to ponder. What to do with his goalkeepers, Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois, who has excelled on loan at Atletico Madrid? What to do with Romelu Lukaku, who has scored 15 times on loan at Everton? Mourinho has often spoken of the travails of his strikers – Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba – and his desire to recruit a prolific goalscorer, with Atletico’s Diego Costa widely linked. Eto’o, who has scored 12 goals this term, all at home, is out of contract at the end of the season and may also have played his final game for Chelsea as he suffered an injury in training on Friday after a recent knee problem. Mourinho and Chelsea have been working on the recruitment of a striker for some time. “We were preparing the long-term future and not just an immediate solution to try to help us for the rest of the season,” Mourinho said. “In the same way we bought two players in January and they were not eligible to play in the Champions League (Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah) and we said ‘no problem’ because we are preparing the team for the long term and not just for the immediate. “It is normal that we are going to bring a striker (in) now. It’s normal. It’s normal that we want to improve. “We have good strikers, we have good players, we are not in a desperate situation. “But it’s the normal evolution of the team. Every team wants to get the summer transfer window to improve and one area we want to improve – and we’ve made it very clear since December, January – that it’s the striker position. “We have three strikers in this moment. Normally one is coming, normally one is leaving. Calm, natural and logical.” Press Association “If he is in bed on Friday, I don’t think on Saturday he is coming in a condition to travel or to play.” Lampard is Chelsea’s record goalscorer, with 211 goals in 646 appearances since his 2001 move from West Ham. Asked to reflect on Lampard’s distinguished career at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho added: “Maybe in a few years he will have a statue where Peter Osgood is, by his side. He’s one of the biggest players (in the history) of this club.” Terry is also doubtful – with “a little thing” picked up on Thursday – but has begun negotiations over a possible new contract and his form this season suggests the Blues would like to keep the captain. England left-back Cole appears on the verge of an exit after being a peripheral figure this term. Mourinho, who will provide a report to the Chelsea hierarchy at the end of the campaign, was unable to provide an update on the futures of the trio. Asked if their Chelsea careers would end at the season’s conclusion, Mourinho said: “I don’t know. But I don’t think so. The club knows my opinion. The players know my opinion too.” Despite finishing the season without silverware – Chelsea’s first trophyless campaign since 2010-11 – Mourinho reflected on a “positive” return.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA with Holbrook & ManterTax planning is proving to be a bit more challenging than normal this year. Unless Congress acts, a number of popular deductions and credits expired at the end of 2014 and may not be available for 2015. The most popular deductions not available this year include, for example, generous bonus depreciation and expensing allowances for business property.As I write this in early December, Congress is working on and is expected revive some or all the favorable tax rules that have expired. We are hoping Congress will renew the “extenders package” for at least two years and not just for 2015. However, which actions Congress will take remains to be seen.Here are two important considerations to keep in mind for all farmers:1. Effective tax planning requires considering both the current year and next year — at least. Without a multi-year outlook, you can’t be sure maneuvers intended to save taxes on your 2015 return won’t backfire and potentially cost additional money in the future.2. Be aware of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) in all of your planning, because what may be a great move for regular tax purposes may create or increase an AMT problem. There’s a good chance you may trip into AMT if you deduct a significant amount of state and local taxes, claim multiple dependents, or recognized a large capital gain this year.Here are a few other year-end reminders. As always, a qualified CPA can help you sort through the options and implement strategies that make sense for you. Section 179 and Bonus DepreciationBuzz continues regarding Section 179 of the tax code, especially since an extension for this provision has not been approved as of the writing of this article. Section 179 allows farmers to upgrade, replace or purchase new equipment and write off the full purchase price during the current tax year. The maximum deduction is currently $25,000, but is expected to be retroactively renewed for 2015 at $500,000.Bonus depreciation of 50%, which is an eligible deduction for new equipment purchases, expired in 2014, but much like the 179 expensing is expected to be retroactively restated for 2015. This type depreciation deduction needs to be weighed in conjunction with the 179 expensing as part of your overall tax planning.Keep in mind Section 179 and Bonus depreciation is not a permanent tax savings, but an accelerated deduction with limits. A CPA should be able to look at the farm’s records and make recommendations regarding purchases, trade-ins and the general ins and outs of Section 179. Maximize retirement plansSEP IRA stands for Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Arrangement. SEP IRAs are established by employers on behalf of their employees, and they are a common way for self-employed individuals to maximize their retirement savings. Many farmers have purchased equipment over the past years and may not be in the market to upgrade. As an option, farmers should look to at funding and maximizing some sort of retirement plan as part of their overall wealth planning process. In addition, small businesses often take advantage of SEP IRAs as well in order to give employees the retirement-savings benefits they want.But the most important reason why the SEP IRA is such a strong retirement-plan option is that it allows farmers set aside significant amounts of money for retirement. In 2015, an employer can contribute up to 25% of each employee’s wages toward their respective SEP IRAs, up to a maximum of $53,000. For self-employed individuals, the 25% limit is applied after accounting for the impact of the tax deduction and associated self-employment taxes on earnings, leading to a slight reduction in the effective percentage. But even with these adjustments, people who work for themselves can put almost 20% of their net profits into a SEP IRA. Finally, another advantage of a SEP IRA is it can be funded all the way until the filing of the return, including extensions. For high-income earners, this retirement plan vehicle can be a huge advantage over the smaller limits of alternatives such as regular IRAs and SIMPLE IRAs. Ohio small business deductionVirtually all businesses are now eligible for a 75% tax deduction on the first $250,000 of business income ($250,000 for individuals with a filing status of married filing jointly or single and $125,000 for individuals with a filing status of married filing separately). This deduction was the centerpiece of a major tax reform package initiated by Ohio Governor John Kasich and approved by the Ohio General Assembly. House Bill 64 and Senate Bill 208 continued the business income deduction to 2015 and forward.The business deduction enables a business owner to deduct 75% of business income from the Ohio adjusted gross income (OAGI) they report on their Ohio personal income tax return. This 75% deduction is available on up to $250,000 of business income, meaning the deduction is capped at $187,500 for each investor or owner, with limitations based on filing status. The remaining business income will be taxed at a graduated rate up to 3%.The business income definition is broad and included owners of and investors in Ohio businesses structured as sole proprietorships, one-member LLC’s and pass-through entities (PTEs) qualify for this tax cut. PTEs include: partnerships, Subchapter S corporations (S-corps) and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). Keep in mind business income also includes income from rental activities.New for taxable year 2016 and forward, the business income deduction will enable a business owner to deduct 100% of business income from the adjusted gross income they report on their Ohio personal income tax return. Tangible Property RegulationsAfter much of a build-up in 2013 and 2014 on the cumbersome implementation of the new tangible property regulations (TPR), the IRS on February 13, 2015 IRS Released Rev. Proc. 2015-20 (the Guidance) which softened the 2014 reporting requirements for most taxpayers.The guidance alleviated the need for certain taxpayers (with total assets of less than $10 million OR average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less for the prior three tax years) to file one or more Forms 3115 (Change in Accounting Methods) to implement the tangible property regulations. Most taxpayers were relived the new guidance exempted them from not having to perform the accumulative computation by being below the threshold (unless there was an actual benefit to do so).While the guidance alleviates the need to file one or more Forms 3115 in certain circumstances, it does not eliminate ongoing responsibility to ensure compliance with the new regulations (the new TPR regulations is over 300 of regulations and 200 pages of guidance). Therefore, farmers, still need to be aware of the new regulations and understand the ongoing consequences on their business.There is still work that needs done now in order to meet these requirements and it will impact any business, rental, farm, etc. that owns tangible property. CPAs and taxpayers should be scrubbing their tax depreciation schedules and fix asset class lives and bonus mistakes, while also looking at several other issues in regard to repairs and capitalization as they apply to de minimis safe harbor policies.Being compliant in these and all tax-related scenarios is vital. While now is a good time to be tax planning, it should really be an on-going process. Create a partnership with a CPA that is experienced and cares about your business stability and success and begin exercising year-round proactive tax planning. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through the firm website.
The digital age is in full effect, and while the methods of marketing your film have changed, the principles have not.There are so many advantages to producing films in the digital age, such as new distribution models and an easier connection with your audience. However, with these new advantages and advancements, filmmakers are faced with a new challenge — how to market their work in this new age. Let’s take a look at how you can attract and engage your target audience.Quick Intro to MarketingThe ‘business school definition’ of marketing is the “identification, selection and development of a product.” In other words, it’s the format and strategy through which we sell our product or service. Format identifies the form of your marketing materials. Strategy dictates how those materials are implemented. However, before you can set your format and strategy, you need to face the two major challenges of branding and target audience. Even though we’re in the digital age, these two major challenges are still at the forefront of why a film succeeds or fails.The Challenge at HandWhenever you create your film property, you need to keep branding in mind. As Chris Jones points out in his article on titling a movie, the title and tagline are the first impressions your audience has of your content. This branding is going to be the foundation of your entire marketing strategy, so as John J. Lee states in his book, The Producer’s Business Handbook:Brand establishment is still the primary determiner between a picture’s success or failure.Once you’ve established your brand, another challenge awaits: identifying your target audience. While you can begin by breaking that audience down into aged demographics, this is still a broad assumption. What you should do first is find your niche audience. But don’t stop there. Build from this niche and begin adding additional audiences.Marketing Campaign: Paranormal Activity vs. District 9Two films from the last two decades that have benefited greatly from branding and target audience exploration are District 9 and Paranormal Activity. As John J. Lee presents in his book The Producer’s Business Handbook, both films utilized marketing strategies to perfection and this affected each film’s return on investment (ROI).District 9 cost $30 million to make, but thanks to solid branding (and a hugely popular viral campaign), the total box office return ended up being over $200 million. The film also garnered a much wider audience due to its viral campaign — an audience that included the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which nominated the film for Best Picture in 2010.Video via Sony Pictures EntertainmentWhile this was a great success, nothing has ever topped Paranormal Activity. Filmed on an initial budget of $15,000, the film was picked up by Paramount Pictures. Again, with a combination of solid branding, as well as a viral campaign that reached horror, thriller, and sci-fi fans, Paranormal Activity generated a total of $194 million at the box office — making it the film with the highest ROI in history.Video via BloombergBest Solutions for MarketingAs you can probably gather, the principles of marketing your film are the same: create a brand and build an audience. But unlike twenty years ago, your path to accomplishing this has changed. So, how do you market your film and find your desired audience? Let’s take a look at a few initial solutions.Social MediaSocial media is by far the best place for you to advertise and market your film. But there are some things you need to be aware of before you jump right into a campaign. For instance, don’t spam and make sure your audience feels engaged with your content. Get them involved. Utilize Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find your audience. Present them with information and behind-the-scenes content.Be sure to include calls to action so your audience can feel like they’re a part of the filmmaking process. Also, utilize your branding in conjunction with hashtags. These are great ways to find new audience members.Streaming SourcesStreaming behind-the-scenes and viral content should be a big part of your marketing strategy, so you’ll want to generate a channel on YouTube or Vimeo if you don’t already have one. Utilize these two platforms specifically to house your videos and embed this content across your other social media platforms.Other Promising SolutionsBeyond the solutions above, be sure to look into additional solutions such as IMDb, Wikipedia, street marketing, press releases, and festival screenings. These additional options can easily get you on your way — just remember that they’ll rely heavily on branding and strategy.What branding and marketing techniques do you use most? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Mohali: A top-heavy Sunrisers Hyderabad are seeking to sort their middle-order woes against Kings XI Punjab as the two teams eye a return to winning ways in the Indian Premier League here Monday. Both Sunrsiers and Kings XI have garnered six points after three wins from five games but the Hyderabad outfit is placed second in the eight-team standings on account of a better run rate. Kings XI, meanwhile, are lying fifth in the points table. But, having suffered defeats in their previous games, both Sunrisers and Kings XI would be desperate to get back to winning ways. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWhile Sunrisers lost by 40 runs against Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad on Saturday while chasing a below-par 136, Kings XI were beaten by 22 runs by Chennai Super Kings. Sunrisers have been threatening in their first three games when David Warner and Jonny Bairstow stitched century-plus stands but once the duo got out cheaply, the Hyderabad team’s middle-order looked in complete disarray. Sunrsiers’ middle-order has hardly been tested and when the opportunity came against Mumbai Indians, the likes of Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda and Yusuf Pathan fell flat. Chasing a modest 137 against Mumbai for a win, debutant Alzarri Joseph wreaked havoc to bundle out Sunrisers for 96. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterOn the bowling front, the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma and Siddharth Kaul have been descent so far while the Afghan spin duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have been more than impressive in the middle overs. Kings XI, on the other hand, lost the plot despite half-centuries from K L Rahul (55) and Sarfaraz Khan (67) while chasing 161 as they were restricted to 138 for five by CSK. Kings XI batsmen were choked for runs by the CSK spinners and with Rashid and Nabi in Sunrsiers’ rank, it is going to be another difficult outing for the home team batsmen. Kings XI would be hoping for Chris Gayle to be back among runs at the top, while the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller need to take more responsibility in the middle overs. While pacer Mohammed Shami had had an erratic tournament, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin has been leading Kings XI from the front in the company of Sam Curran, Murugan Ashwin and Andrew Tye. Teams (from): Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (capt), Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agrawal, Karun Nair, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and David Miller, Sam Curran, Varun Chakaravarthy, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Mandeep Singh, Simran Singh. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (capt), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem. Match starts at 8 pm.
Now that Adrian Peterson is back in the NFL fold—finally—the questions are: What took so long and where will he play next season?The game’s most explosive running back had been suspended since November 4 because of a misdemeanor reckless injury charge resulting from an incident where he created bruises on the body of his young son.The reinstatement goes into effect on Friday, which means it took five months to get Peterson’s case finally resolved. Which is a long time. Consider that Ray Rice’s case—caught on tape when he knocked out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City hotel elevator—was resolved fast enough for him to be reinstated and signed by an NFL team, although no club picked him up.Peterson had to be relieved when commissioner Roger Goodell sent the Minnesota Viking a letter advising him of his reinstatement, ending the controversy and finally allowing him to resume his luminous career.Goodell reminded Peterson in the letter that will have to fulfill all the obligations of his plea deal with authorities, including participating in counseling, and that any other violations of the personal conduct policy by Peterson would result in additional discipline, including possible suspension without pay or banishment from the NFL.Peterson met with Goodell earlier this month regarding his reinstatement, the first time they had spoken since the child abuse case arose last September. Peterson told ESPN on Feb. 19 that he had been following the NFL’s requirements for reinstatement, adding he had met with Dr. April Kuchuk—the New York University psychiatry instructor Goodell had assigned to Peterson’s case—to set up a counseling and treatment plan.The Vikings acknowledged they received word from Goodell’s office that Peterson was reinstated and “We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings” the team said in a statement.It does not appear Peterson wants any parts of the Vikings, however. The team starts offseason workouts on Monday and hold their first mandatory minicamp in June. No one can say for sure if Peterson will show up for any of the team’s offseason program.He told ESPN in February he believed the team had not shown sufficient support for him in the wake of his indictment in September and called the decision to put him on the exempt list an “ambush.”Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, Peterson wants out and has visited with teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, according to reports. The Vikings have said repeatedly they want Peterson back and have no plan to trade him. Peterson’s contract calls for a $12.75 million salary this season and doesn’t expire for another three years.It’s understandable that the Vikings would want to keep Peterson. He’s the best in the business. But when he needed support, the team abandoned him, taking advice from some “Olivia Pope” type to distance themselves from the beleaguered star. So now that the case is over, that Peterson has endured and is eligible to play, the team wants its prized commodity.Peterson said he is not falling for the okey-doke. He’d like a trade, but certainly cannot force one. Saying he wants out should be enough for Minnesota to unload him for something of value to truly put this saga behind, as with Peterson around, it will be a distraction all season.But if the Vikings truly are intent on keeping Peterson, they have to make him feel their commitment to him, kiss his proverbial ring, so to speak.Peterson deserved the drama he had to endure. Now he deserves a team that will apologize for abandoning him and give him the support any player needs. Whether that’s the Vikings or not is in question.
With a powerful group of veteran leaders and a super sophomore class, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team looks to start its season with a victory tonight against Detroit (0-1). OSU coach Nick Myers said the Buckeyes’ leadership comes from a group of 14 seniors — four of whom are captains — and junior captain Brock Sorensen. “You have got to look to those seniors for leadership first and foremost,” he said. “They have really stepped out and taken charge of this team and made it clear that it’s an effort every day that we pay attention to detail.” Two of the Buckeye captains, midfielders Scott Lathrop and Jarred Bowman, agreed. “There is going to be adversity throughout the year,” Bowman said. “As long as we stay together and really focus on having each other’s backs and being there for everybody, we will be fine.” Although the leadership comes from the senior class, a large part of the scoring for OSU comes from a duo of sophomores. At attack, Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo return to the Buckeyes after being the top two scorers for the team during their freshman seasons. Schuss finished the 2010 campaign with a team-high 56 points with 31 goals for the Buckeyes, and Tundo added 35 points with 20 goals. Although those two attackers are only sophomores, Myers said he holds them to the same standards as he does the team’s veterans. “A lot of those sophomores that play for us, we’re treating those guys like veterans,” Myers said. “We want them to play like veterans as second-year guys, and that’s a big strength for us.” A challenge for the Buckeyes this season will be the difficulty of their non-conference schedule, which includes No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 North Carolina and No. 10 Notre Dame. “We probably have the toughest non-conference schedule we’ve ever faced,” Myers said. “We understand it’s going to be one game at a time.” On Saturday, OSU had two scrimmages — one against defending National Champion No. 5 Duke and another against Division III power Salisbury. But the Buckeyes are anxious to get on the field for a regular season game. “We have been practicing against each other for a month now as well as all of fall,” Lathrop said. “We got some scrimmage time last week but it’s not the same as a regular game. I think everyone is just real excited to play another team in a real-game situation.” Last year, the Buckeyes went 7-8 and finished No. 33. Their last meeting with Detroit was Feb. 27, 2010. Behind a team-high six points from Schuss, OSU came away with a 16-7 victory. The Titans fell to No. 17 Delaware, 13-5, in their season opener Saturday. OSU kicks off its regular season at 7 p.m. tonight at Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
One of the most anticipated coaching announcements of the coming season came early Monday afternoon when Ohio State announced Thad Matta was out as men’s basketball head coach. As the curtain falls on the tenure of the most successful coach in program history, Athletics Director Gene Smith said a national search for a new coach will start immediately.Former OSU assistant and Dayton head coach Archie Miller accepted the heralded Indiana job in March, taking the speculated would-be replacement of Matta out of the picture. But there are plenty of high-profile coaches who could be contacted about the vacant position at a school considered to be a high-major program.Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City Thunder head coachOklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan shouts to his players during the second quarter on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: Donovan won back-to-back national championships at Florida in 2006 and 2007, the second of which was against Matta’s Buckeyes. Donovan coached 19 seasons at Florida from 1996-2015, then was hired by the Thunder as its head coach. He has a career record of 467-186 (.715) overall at Florida and 202-109 (.650) in the Southeastern Conference. He made four Final Four and seven Elite Eights in his time with the Gators.Why a good fit: OSU needs a change in the program to bring it back to the top of the conference. Donovan did it before, so why couldn’t he do it again? He is arguably one of the best coaches in basketball right now and has had tremendous success on the recruiting trail, grabbing nine McDonald’s All Americans from 2001-2015.Connections: Donovan and OSU football coach Urban Meyer coached at Florida simultaneously and reportedly have a strong relationship. If that has any impact on Smith and the job search, that’s remaining to be seen. Not to mention, OSU will have to take Donovan away from the NBA. However, Donovan’s Thunder aren’t likely to win a title in the near future despite having triple-double machine Russell Westbrook at point guard.Sean Miller, Arizona head coachArizona head coach Sean Miller issue orders to his team during second-half action against Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Wisconsin advanced, 85-78. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: Once Matta left Xavier at the end of the 2003-04 season, Miller kept the program alive and made the tournament each year except 2004-05 when the Musketeers lost its three leading scorers from the previous year. Miller led Xavier to two straight Sweet Sixteens in 2008 and 2009 before he was hired as Arizona’s head coach. There, he has won two conference coach of the year awards, four regular-season conference championships and three conference tournament championships.Miller has never made it to a Final Four, but has made it to three Elite Eights and five Sweet Sixteens in seven NCAA Tournament appearances. He has also been most successful on the recruiting trail with five top-five and six top-10 classes since 2010. Miller has signed seven McDonald’s All-Americans since 2012.Why a good fit: Smith made it seem like the decision to fire Matta and not give him another season was because of recruiting. If that’s the case, why not get one of the best recruiters, by numbers, in college basketball? However, Arizona is a premier program and Miller is under contract through 2022.Connections: Miller was one of Matta’s assistant coaches at Xavier from 2002-04, then took over for Matta and coached the Musketeers from 2004-05 season through 2009. His brother, Archie, was an assistant with Matta at OSU. Chris Mack, Xavier head coachXavier head coach Chris Mack on the sidelines against North Carolina State during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: Where Miller picked up after Matta, Mack picked up after Miller. In his eight seasons as Xavier head coach, Mack has led the Musketeers to seven NCAA Tournaments, including four Sweet Sixteens and one Elite Eight. Under Mack, Xavier had its highest preseason Associated Press ranking (7) in school history at the start of the 2016-17 season.Why a good fit: He’s an Ohio guy who knows the area and is a growing recruiter in the Midwest. He has built up his career enough to make the jump to a major program like OSU. Mack has also been able to compete against high-major programs with primarily four- and three-star prospects that have developed into reliable college scorers. Connections: Mack is a Cleveland native, graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and has coached Xavier for seven years as an assistant and eight years as the head coach. Xavier gave OSU its last coach and this would be a huge leap forward for Mack in his career. One aspect that could play a factor is that Mack is a Xavier alumnus.Mick Cronin, Cincinnati head coachCincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin shouts out a play against UConn on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: Cronin was named the head coach of the Bearcats in 2006-07 and was just 11-19 in his first season, finishing last in the Big East. Four years later, the Bearcats won 26 games and a game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six seasons. Since then the Bearcats haven’t won less than 22 games in a season and have made seven NCAA Tournaments, winning one American Athletic Conference title in the process.Why a good fit: Cronin has deep ties in Ohio and, like Mack, has immediate credibility to in-state recruiting. He has also shown an ability to develop players over a few years in his program, which is something OSU desperately needs.Connections: Cronin lacks direct connections to OSU, other than landing his first collegiate coaching job under then-Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins, who was an assistant for two seasons with the Buckeyes in 1978-79 and 1979-80. Chris Holtmann, Butler head coachButler head coach Chris Holtmann directs his team during the first half against Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Virginia advanced, 77-69. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: He has only been a coach at Butler since the 2014-15 season, but is quietly becoming one of the best coaches in college basketball. This past season, Holtmann’s Butler Bulldogs beat the reigning national champion Villanova Wildcats twice during the regular season and finished second in the Big East. Holtmann was named 2017 Big East Coach of the Year award after finishing 25-9 and 12-6 in conference. Butler made it to the Sweet Sixteen in 2016-17 for the first time since 2011 under Boston Celtics coach, and former Thad Matta assistant, Brad Stevens.Why a good fit: Holtmann, although under contract through 2025, has returned Butler to the relative prominence that Brad Stevens had the program at during its two national championship runs in 2010 and 2011. It would make sense for OSU to hire a coach that has had commitments from players in Ohio (Massillon Jackson’s 2016 forward Kyle Young) and has shown he can put a program back on the map and compete for conference championships.Connections: Like the Xavier coaching tree to OSU, the Butler coaching tree has also been lucrative for the Buckeyes, considering Matta’s head coaching career began with the Bulldogs. Holtmann was an assistant under coach John Groce at Ohio in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Groce was one of Matta’s original assistants starting in 2004-05 until 2007-08.