In Bob Boughner’s debut, Sharks haunted by familiar issues

first_imgThe … SAN JOSE — Bob Boughner went though his first full day as the Sharks’ interim coach on Thursday.He’s really looking forward to day two.“There’s a lot of work to be done,” Boughner said after the Sharks’ 6-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday. “We need a good practice day (Friday). Sort out some of the things we need to sort out.”There’s no shortage of issues, as the problems that have plagued the Sharks for most of this month were all too apparent again Thursday night.last_img

Finding our way again: South Africa’s Aids journey

first_imgAs South Africa prepares to host the International Aids Conference for the second time, it’s worth reflecting on the massive strides the nation has made in combatting the pandemic in the last 16 years – and the challenges we still face, writes Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, co-chair of the South African National Aids Council. Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president and co-chair of the South African National Aids CouncilSixteen years ago an 11-year-old South African boy, tiny for his age, stood alone on a huge stage. He had a microphone in his hand and a smile on his face. And he spoke truth to power.“I hate having Aids because I get very sick,” he said. “I get very sad when I think of all the other children and babies that are sick with Aids… Babies are dying very quickly…”The occasion was the 13th International Aids Conference, held in Durban in July 2000. The boy was Nkosi Johnson. He died just a few months later.This year, as South Africa prepares to host the International Aids Conference for the second time – in Durban again, from 18 to 22 July – it’s worth reflecting how different Nkosi Johnson’s story would have been today.Since then, South Africa has done much to tackle HIV, rolling out the world’s largest treatment programme to its citizens and improving primary healthcare. Sixteen years ago HIV infection was a death sentence, particularly for the poor and vulnerable – and especially children. In 2000, in South Africa, the lifetime risk of dying of Aids was as high as 50%.Today HIV is a chronic condition, controlled as many chronic conditions are – such as diabetes – with medication. Children like Nkosi Johnson, infected at birth, now live, flourish and grow into healthy adults.This progress, and the lives saved, is borne out by South Africa’s life expectancy. After years of steady improvement in the late 20th century, it suddenly dropped to a low of 51.7 years in 2005. At the same time countries such as India and Brazil continued their steady rise.Thanks to our HIV treatment programme, life expectancy has begun to rise again. Today, Statistics South Africa puts our life expectancy at 60.6 years for men and 64.3 years for women.Why the change? What happened in 2005? In 2005 South Africa embraced the problem with energy, rolling out a massive antiretroviral treatment programme through its public health system.Today our response to HIV is framed by broad global policy – including our own National Development Plan, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals – to vigorously provide comprehensive treatment and care to as many as possible.We know treatment alone is not enough. Our policies and programmes also aim to change risky behaviour and find solutions to the social and economic conditions that make people vulnerable to HIV infection.In 2010, the fight against the epidemic was ramped up with the launch of the world’s biggest programme to test for infection, the HIV Counselling and Testing campaign. Within 18 months of the launch of the campaign, which is ongoing, a full 18 million South Africans, over a third of the country’s population, had tested and knew their HIV status.Today, about 10 million South Africans take the test every year. Testing is a major weapon in the fight against HIV. Simply knowing they are HIV-positive makes people far less likely to risk infecting others.The fruits of South Africa’s decade-long fight against HIV can also be found elsewhere. Aids-related deaths have declined from 345 600 in 2005 – when the disease claimed half of all deaths in the country – to 151 000 in 2014, when 29.2% of all deaths were Aids-related.Significantly, the transmission of the virus from mother to child during or after birth has dropped from 70 000 babies in 2004 to fewer than 7 000 in 2015.In 2000, when South Africa hosted the International Aids Conference for the first time, people living with HIV had no access to treatment and the country was under attack by the global community for its stance on HIV and Aids.Today, we have more than 3 million people on publicly funded antiretroviral treatment. We aim to have 4,2 million people on treatment in the next two years.But HIV is a powerful enemy. There are still problems to be unearthed and tackled. One is a worrying prevalence of new HIV infection in adolescent girls and young women. It is estimated that some 2,000 young women aged 15 to 24 are infected by HIV in South Africa every week. This is by far the highest rate of infection in any age or sex category – and one of the highest infection rates in the world.HIV thrives in conditions of ignorance and poverty, and in situations of gender inequality. This infection rate is intertwined with other critical social problems directly experienced by South Africa’s young people: high rates of teenage pregnancy, high school drop-out rates, widespread sexual violence and high youth unemployment.In an effort to tackle the problem, in late June 2016 South Africa launched the National Campaign for Girls and Young Women. This aims to fight practices that put adolescent girls and young women at risk of HIV, such as unsafe sex, destructive behaviour, and drug and alcohol abuse.Another goal is to build adolescent girls and young women’s confidence and resilience, and give them greater economic opportunities. It will also target men, encouraging them to help effect the crucial, fundamental change in South Africans’ sexual behaviour.Working with NGOs and local Aids councils, the new campaign will encourage men – both young and older – to use condoms, stick to one sexual partner and not prey on young girls and women. It will task men with joining the call for safer sexual behaviour and an end to violence and the abuse of women.The project is supported by over $140 million in funding from the US and German governments and the Global Fund. It will be rolled out over the next three years to 51 municipalities with the highest incidence of new HIV infections. At its core is the principle that our best weapon in South Africa’s new battle against HIV and Aids is knowledge and education.It is clear that having the largest treatment programme on the planet isn’t enough. As we welcome the world to the 21st annual International Aids Conference on 18 July – Nelson Mandela Day – we must remember that it is only through education that we will find our path towards an Aids-free generation.last_img read more

George Voinovich dies at 79

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest George Voinovich, former Ohio Governor and U.S. Senator, died in his sleep at the age of 79 on June 12.Voinovich was known as a true friend of Ohio agriculture and was a regular attender and promoter of the Ohio State Fair and his home state.“George was the long-time mayor of Cleveland — a city kid, but he loved the Ohio State Fair! He loved being with the 4-H kids, working the bidders at the Sale of Champions, staying overnight with a farm family, and being a part of Ohio’s great agriculture community. After he left the Governor’s Office, he would continue to come to the Ohio State Fair with grandkids every summer. He was so proud of the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center on the Fairgrounds,” said Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General who served as Voinovich’s Lt. Governor. “George took great pride in sharing Ohio’s unique places with others.  He had a passion for promoting Ohio tourism — from the banks of the Ohio River to the shores of Lake Erie.  He loved our state.”The current Ohio Governor recalled the leadership of Voinovich.“He was a unifier who thought outside the box, never gave up and worked hard for the ideas he believed in up until the very end of his life. Thanks to that leadership he saved Cleveland, governed Ohio compassionately and responsibly and was a candid voice for reason in the U.S. Senate.  I am proud to have known him and grateful for what he did for our state and nation,” said Gov. John Kasich. “To his wife Janet, his children and his many grandchildren, my family sends our condolences and heartfelt prayers at this difficult time, and on behalf of Ohio I send my gratitude for sharing this wonderful, dynamic man with us for so many years.”last_img read more

Hormone keys to plant growth or stress tolerance, but not both

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Plants that grow well tend to be sensitive to heat and drought, and plants that can handle those stresses often have stunted growth. A Purdue University plant scientist has found the switch that creates that antagonism, opening opportunities to develop plants that exhibit both characteristics.“Normally these two are antagonistic, but in nature, some plants tolerate stress and grow well. The questions is why some plants can have both, but most plants cannot,” said Jian-Kang Zhu, distinguished professor of plant biology in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. “Once you know how the stress response and growth pathways are connected, hopefully we will be able to decouple them.”Working with model plant Arabidopsis, Zhu found that abscisic acid (ABA), a plant hormone, is activated in plants that can tolerate stresses such as salt and drought. But ABA sets off a chain reaction that stymies plant growth.Zhu found that in stressed plants, the ABA pathway is activated and leads to phosphorylation of the Target of Rapamycin (TOR) kinase. This essentially turns off the TOR kinase, which is essential for plant growth.The opposite happens in unstressed plants. TOR disrupts ABA perception, shutting down the plant’s stress responses. Those plants tend to exhibit strong growth.“This is the key to the antagonism between stress and growth,” Zhu said.The findings, published in the journal Molecular Cell, could help scientists and breeders who want to develop plants that can handle environmental stresses and still grow well.The Chinese Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Institutes of Health supported the research.last_img read more

20 Years Ago, The First Public Web Page Went Live. Now It’s Back

first_imgThe first public site on the World Wide Web — a rudimentary text-only primer on its use — once again lives at its original URL to celebrate the Web’s 20th anniversary today.CERN, the European science laboratory where the Web was born (and where physicists are now exploring the origins of the universe with the world’s largest particle accelerator) first made the page public on April 30, 1993. A 1992 copy of the page had been available on the W3C servers, but only returned to its original location today. That’s it below; click the image for a larger version.You’ve come a long way, babyCERN intends to collect, restore and preserve all of the digital material related to the Web’s beginnings in order to turn info.cern.ch into a virtual museum and archive, reports the Verge.  readwrite Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Internet#now#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Jazz pull away for 117-96 win over Blazers

first_imgJazz: Gobert has logged a double-double in nine of his last 10 games against the Blazers. . Dante Exum matched his season-high with 15 points off the bench. . Utah shot 13-of-21 (61.9 percent) from 3-point range over the final three quarters.UP NEXTBlazers visit the Warriors on Thursday.Jazz host the 76ers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Jazz extended their lead to 68-51 on back-to-back baskets from Ricky Rubio early in the third quarter.Portland chipped away at the lead and finally cut it to 92-83 on a floater from Seth Curry early in the fourth quarter. That’s as close as the Blazers got.Gobert answered with a dunk to push Utah’s lead back to double digits. It sparked a 14-2 run that slammed the door shut on any potential comeback. Mitchell punctuated the run with a 3-pointer, putting the Jazz up 106-85 with 4:49 remaining.TIP INSBlazers: Lillard did not attempt a free throw. He came into the game ranked fourth in the NBA in free throws made and eighth in the league in attempts. . Portland scored 14 points off 17 Utah turnovers. . The Blazers made just 35 baskets against the Jazz for the second time this season.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Damian Lillard score 20 points to lead Portland. Evan Turner added 12 points off the bench. The Blazers (19-15) lost to Utah for the second time in five days after shooting just 39 percent from the field.Jae Crowder scored seven of Utah’s first nine second-quarter points, starting with the team’s first 3-pointer of the game, to cap a 9-0 run that gave the Jazz a 33-26 lead. The Blazers pulled within three on three different occasions. Lillard hit a couple of baskets to cut the deficit to a basket, then fed Jusuf Nurkic for a layup to trim Utah’s lead to 43-40.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Jazz pulled away before halftime behind hot shooting from the perimeter. Joe Ingles and Crowder buried back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 16-5 run. Mitchell finished it off by beating the shot clock with another outside basket, giving the Jazz a 59-45 lead.Utah went 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the second quarter after going 0-of-8 in the first quarter. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, rear, dunks on Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks while Donovan Mitchell added 19 points to lead Utah to a 117-96 victory over Portland on Tuesday night.Joe Ingles chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists for the Jazz (17-18), who won for the fifth time in their last six home games while shooting 55 percent from the floor.ADVERTISEMENT The half-dozen times sports made you smile in 2018center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

10 months ago​Caen, Fenerbahce eyeing Leicester winger Diabate

first_img​Caen, Fenerbahce eyeing Leicester winger Diabateby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City youngster Fousseni Diabaté is being linked with a move away from the club.The 23-year-old arrived in January, but he has been unable to impress in the 12 months since joining from Ajaccio.He has only played in one Premier League game this season.And Le 10 Sport suggests that a loan move to Caen in France is a possibility.Turkish side Fenerbahce also have an interest, but they would prefer a permanent transfer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Anita Mondal takes oath as BMC chairperson

first_imgKolkata: Following Krishna Chakraborty, who became the new Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC), newly elected chairperson Anita Mondal sworn in on Friday. Mondal took the oath in presence of BMC Commissioner Pritha Sarkar. Tapas Chatterjee has been elected as the Deputy Mayor again. Also on Friday, seven Member, Mayor-in-Councils (MMiC) took oath. Sources informed that apart from Debraj Chakraborty all the MMiCs along with their departments will remain unchanged. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaEarlier, Prasenjit Sardar, who was MMiC of Youth Development and Sports, resigned from his post after Sabyasachi Dutta’s resignation from the post of BMC Mayor. Debraj will given Sardar’s department. On Friday Krishna said: “We are like a family. We will work hand-in-hand to serve the people in BMC area.” She also informed that as per Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s instruction to use drones in order to check on the rooftops of the buildings whether any water is stored or garbage is present, a drone will be flown on Monday as experiment. Also she will attend the programme’Apnar Ward E Apnar Mayor’ (your Mayor in your ward) on Sunday at Keshtopur.last_img read more

Ohio State inducts 14 new members into Athletics Hall of Fame

Former OSU football coach Jim Tressel speaks to the media before the Athletics Hall of Fame banquet on Sept. 18.Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis / Lantern reporterThe Ohio State football team will try to add to its role in school history when it takes the field against Northern Illinois on Saturday, but halftime will honor those who have already cemented their place in it.The OSU Athletics Hall of Fame inducted 14 new members at a banquet Friday night. Included among the inductees were 12 former student athletes and two coaches.The 2015 class is headlined by former football head coach Jim Tressel, who coached the team from 2001-2010. In his time as coach, Tressel accumulated a 106-22 record and won a national championship in 2002.Tressel said he views his induction as a coach as something bigger than himself.“When there’s a coach in the Hall of Fame, it’s totally different than a participant. You reflect about all 10 teams and all the people who make up the entire fabric of what Ohio State is about,” he said. “This is just thousands of people being recognized for the 10 years they spent together.”Tressel’s time at OSU ended in controversy, but he said he is proud of what the team accomplished over his tenure and is honored that it is being recognized.“Our 10-year block in the extraordinary structure of Ohio State athletics and Ohio State football I’m very proud of,” he said. “It’s humbling that the Varsity O and the Hall of Fame felt that this era should be recognized.”Now the president of Youngstown State University, Tressel said the most important lesson he’s applied from his time as a coach is the understanding that every position is important.“Until you know that you are insignificant without every single other person, you can’t reach your potential. Those are great lessons you learn in sports,” the former coach said.Two other inductees were part of OSU football; defensive back Tim Anderson, who was with the team from 1968-1970, and wide receiver Joey Galloway. Galloway played 15 years in the NFL and is currently an analyst for ESPN.Former OSU basketball player Terence Dials speaks before the 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame banquet.Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis / Lantern reporterFormer basketball captain Terence Dials was also among the inductees. At only 32 years old, he said he was surprised but grateful to be inducted so young.“It was very shocking to get the call, something I didn’t expect,” he said. “I definitely didn’t play basketball for this; I played it because I love the game. Everything that comes with it is just a bonus.”Dials attributes much of his success to current basketball coach Thad Matta. “If he didn’t come, we probably wouldn’t be looked at the same,” Dials said. “People come up to me and they thank me for the last couple of big years that we had at Ohio State, and it wouldn’t have been able to happen without coach Matta.”Within the class of 2015, two members are still active within the university. Women’s golf coach Therese Hession has been with the team for 24 years. She is the seventh coach of a women’s team to be inducted.Current wrestling assistant coach J Jaggers was also inducted for his time as a student athlete from 2006-2009.Only six years removed from graduation, Jaggers is the youngest member of the 2015 class.“It’s an honor that I’d be considered that quickly. I was very blessed to have the career that I had and the support that I had from my coaches and my family,” he said. “Maybe if I thought about this day, I’d be a bit older, but I welcome it and it’s fun.”Jaggers is one of four Buckeyes to win multiple NCAA wrestling championship titles. Also among the four is Logan Stieber, who Jaggers coached.Jaggers said that the emotions following a win are alike whether he’s a student-athlete or a coach.“The feelings are very similar. Watching somebody seize their dream, and to even be just the smallest part of it is pretty special,” he said.The other members of the class of 2015 are Justin Cook (men’s soccer), Lara Dickenmann (women’s soccer), Natalia Diea (women’s diving), Annabelle Fago (rowing), Perry Martter (wrestling), Teresa Meyer (pistol), Dan Seimetz (baseball) and Paul Tilley (men’s hockey).The OSU Athletics Hall of Fame can be viewed inside of the Schottenstein Center. read more

Mens basketball Five potential Thad Matta replacements

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. read more