Greg Oden and Mike Conley said they are confident Thad Matta will remain the basketball coach at Ohio State.
The Lawrence North High School seniors said they spoke to the Buckeyes' coach between the time Mike Davis announced his resignation at Indiana University and Matta's name being mentioned by media as a potential replacement.
"I talked to him (Thursday) night and it didn't even come up," said Oden, the top-ranked high school player in the nation. "I'm really not worried about it. I'm pretty sure nothing's going to happen."
Two-fifths of the heralded "Thad Five" recruiting class, Oden and Conley signed with Ohio State in November.
"I'm not worried about it at all," said Conley, one of the nation's top-ranked point guards. "I'm confident that everything will work out."
Speculation regarding the IU job only added to the off-court drama for Ohio State's recruits. They have been waiting on the NCAA to announce penalties regarding violations committed under former coach Jim O'Brien. The recruits have a letter from Ohio State stating the university will free them to play elsewhere if the Buckeyes receive a postseason ban that would affect their class, an unlikely scenario given previous NCAA decisions.
Lawrence North coach Jack Keefer said he thought speculation regarding Matta as a candidate for Indiana was off base.
"I think if people understood how much Matta was being paid, they would not say that," Keefer said. "The boy's got a nice paycheck. I can't speak for him, but that would be a tough, tough move. I don't think he's interested in a move like that."
Matta is in the second year of an eight-year contract worth $11 million in guaranteed income, according to the Columbus Dispatch.