Ohio State unexpectedly ushered head basketball coach Thad Matta aside today.
He responded by opening his press conference with a line of poetry from The Grateful Dead, of course.
Here’s a transcript, just in case:
If you wanted an exact thought of where my emotions are, there’s a great song that says, “Sometimes the light shines brightly on me, other times I can barely see. Lately it’s occurred to me what a long, strange trip it’s been.”
Yes, that’s the refrain from Truckin’, released back in 1970.
I’m not sure Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Co. were thinking their lyrics would apply to a multi-millionaire college basketball coach some day, but that’s the thing with art: you send it out into the world and other people use it as they see fit.
And Matta maybe does have a point, kind of:
Matta is only 49 but has struggled with health issues for years now, including a failed back surgery that made it difficult for him to walk. And even for a guy who once found a way to land Greg Oden and Mike Conley it’s difficult to keep up in recruiting if anything at all is holding you back.
Matta did not dispute the idea that the parting was mutual, and will apparently play a part in selecting his successor.