Holtmann and Pedon unavailable against Northwestern due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann leads players from the sideline in the Ohio State-Towson game on Wednesday. Ohio State won 85-74. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo editor

Head coach Chris Holtmann and assistant coach Ryan Pedon will not be available in Sunday’s Buckeyes game against Northwestern as they have been placed in the team’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, according to a statement from the state of Ohio.

Assistant coach Jake Diebler will make his debut as a college head coach and serve as interim head coach against the Wildcats. Diebler spent a total of six years on the Ohio State staff as a video coordinator under Thad Matta from 2014 to 2016 and as an assistant staff coach at Holtmann since 2019.

Holtmann and Pedon’s availability remains on hold for other games this week, including a meeting against the No.23 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. On Thursday.

The Ohio State No.13 has had three games canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the schedule that saw graduate forward Kyle Young miss a game.

Sunday will mark his first home game since a 73-55 victory over No. 22 Wisconsin on December 11, 2021.

The tip at the Schottenstein Center against the Wildcats is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

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