No one notices the special chair that rests a few inches higher than the remainder of the coaching staff, the black brace concealed underneath his pant leg or even the limp that is rarely noticeable while he walks up and down the sideline in front of the bench. No one is aware of the days when Ohio State coach Thad Matta's two daughters had to yank off his sneakers, how he is laid out, relegated flat in his bed following a game or a recruiting trip, and how he cannot lift a suitcase or take out the garbage…The back pain began when he was 15 and resulted in a trip to the Mayo Clinic. His first surgical procedure came shortly thereafter.
CBS Sports by Jeff Goodman 3/21/12
Tags: back pain, Celebrity Patients, Thad Matta