COLUMBUS, Ohio - Both Kevin McGuff and Ohio State have a lot of money riding on their new union.
The 43-year-old McGuff made his first official appearance as the new women's basketball coach of the Buckeyes on Wednesday.
"For somebody who grew up in Ohio and coaches women's basketball, this is always the job I've looked at as saying if there was one job I could ever have it would be that one," McGuff said at midcourt of the team's arena. "And if there's one job where I thought I'd be an amazing fit and could do a fantastic job, it was Ohio State."
After spending nine years as the head coach at Xavier and the past two at Washington, the Hamilton, Ohio, native said it was good to be back home. He takes over for Hall of Fame coach Jim Foster, who was fired after an 18-13 season.
Ohio State is paying McGuff $850,000 a year, not counting performance and academic bonuses, along with $500,000 in retention payments if he remains on the job through the 2020-21 season. He also received a $700,000 signing bonus.
The new coach said he would speak to players soon and evaluate recruiting and offseason workouts. He thanks Foster for leaving a solid foundation.
Willis called the Buckeyes one of the top-5 programs in the country. McGuff said his goal was to make OSU a national power.
Ohio State graduated its two top players last year, including Tayler Hill, taken No. 4 in this week's NBA draft by the Washington Mystics.
"Right now, it's about, what can we do with the current team. I've heard nothing but great things about our players and I'm looking forward to getting to know them a little bit more what they can do on the court and figure out a way to have success."