Gallery: Meet Thad Matta, The Cornjerker

Ohio State takes the court today as the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Twenty-six years ago, head coach Thad Matta led his team to a third-place finish as a senior at Hoopeston, Ill. has a photo gallery of Matta in action as well as shots of the town as it stands today.

Before he was a head coach, Ohio State's Thad Matta was a star player for Hoopeston, Ill. As the top-seeded Buckeyes prepare to start a run toward the NCAA Tournament title today, take a look back at where Matta came from in this photo gallery.

To read the full story on how his past as a Cornjerker helped shape his future, check out the March 19, 2011 issue of Buckeye Sports Bulletin. Subscribers to our print publication can read the latest issues as well as back ones and exclusive electronic-only editions.

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