Dec. 9, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Andy Geiger, Ohio State director of athletics, announced a one-year contract extension for men’s basketball coach Thad Matta Thursday.

“Because we have self imposed a ban against postseason play in 2004-05, we have granted head coach Thad Matta a one-year contract extension,” Geiger said. “It is intended to show our confidence and appreciation for the manner in which he and his staff have dedicated themselves to Ohio State. The one-year extension will add an opportunity for postseason play lost this season.

“I want to make it perfectly clear that Thad Matta and his staff had nothing to do in any way with the activities that have led us to impose sanctions against our program,” Geiger said. “We are very pleased with their efforts with the Ohio State men’s basketball team since their arrival in Columbus.”

Matta’s original contract was for seven years beginning with the 2004-05 season. With the extension, he will be under contract at Ohio State through 2011-12.