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Creighton vs. Nebraska basketball, 12/7

Creighton head coach Greg McDermott talks to Nebraska guard Tai Webster (0) after the end of the game on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Greg McDermott is staying put at Creighton.

The Bluejays' head basketball coach was linked to the opening at Ohio State on Wednesday night. On Thursday, McDermott made his intentions clear via Twitter.

"I'm blessed and honored to be the coach at Creighton ... and am looking forward to many more great years in Omaha!" McDermott tweeted.

McDermott later met with reporters to discuss his desire to remain in Omaha. McDermott said he received a call from another school Wednesday afternoon.

"I decided to at least listen to what they had to say," he said Thursday. "Everything happened fast, and I could say I slept on it but I don't know that I slept very much ... I just decided in the end, and it was probably mutual because I didn't jump for joy about the other opportunity, that this is the place for me."

ESPN and CBS Sports reported that McDermott met with Ohio State officials Wednesday. ESPN later reported that the Buckeyes extended an offer to McDermott.

Ohio State is searching for a new coach after parting ways with Thad Matta earlier this week. Matta had been with the Buckeyes for 13 seasons, but Ohio State AD Gene Smith was concerned with the program's recent lack of steam in terms of recruiting.

McDermott is the second-winningest coach in Creighton history, winning 166 games in seven seasons. He led the Bluejays to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017, and an NIT bid in 2016.

"If you're not missing anything, then what are you really chasing?" McDermott said. "I think we can accomplish anything here that we can accomplish anywhere else."

Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen has been at Creighton for 23 years, overseeing just two men's basketball coaches — Dana Altman and McDermott.

"Dana Altman and Greg McDermott are outstanding coaches who recruit, retain, develop and graduate young men who also have properly represented the mission of Creighton University," Rasmussen said in a statement. "I am thankful for the time and friendship I have shared with both of them, and look forward to many more years with Coach McDermott at Creighton."

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Smith was planning to meet with Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown, who was born in Columbus, Ohio.

Arizona's Sean Miller and Xavier's Chris Mack have reaffirmed their commitments after being linked to the OSU opening, according to reports.


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