Posted March 29, 2013

Report: Brad Stevens staying at Butler

Butler coach Brad Stevens will remain at the school, despite being sought after for the UCLA job, reports ESPN.com. 

Stevens led the Bulldogs to two straight national championship game appearances in 2010 and 2011 and this season led the team to a 27-9 record before they were eliminated by Marquette in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Stevens has a 166–49 record in six seasons at the school.

“We value him and he’s an extremely important coach and staff member,” Butler athletic director Barry Collier said.

From an ESPN.com report:

He was targeted by major conference schools such as Oregon, Wake Forest and Clemson in 2010, but signed an extension with Butler through the 2021-22 season. He reportedly makes around $1 million per season. Ben Howland, recently fired by UCLA, was making $2.3 million, but UCLA has had an influx of money, thanks to new television deals with the Pac-12 Network, ESPN and Fox.


13 comments
Mike26
Mike26

Whatever.  The longer he stays at Butler the less I would want him in a real conference coaching my school anyway.  It's a lot easier to get guys to come to Butler and play four years than get the top-notch recruits required to compete at a real school in a real conference year in, year out.

Sputnik
Sputnik

 @Mike26 You're a tool, The Big East is a REAL conference and Butler recruits REAL student athletes who turn out to be Academic All Americans, solid players and great contributors to society.

 

Way to go Coach Stevens. GO BULLDOGS !!!

John3
John3

It is all about quality of life. Instead of commuting at least an hour each way every day through the Third World scum that populate LA, coaching at a school where anything other than a Final Four appearance is a wasted season, Stevens has chosen to stay in the Heartland of America. Where English is still the primary language spoken and you don't have to worry your kids are going to catch a stray bullet from a gang shooting. Where a million dollars will buy you a mansion on fifty acres. Kudos Coach Stevens - If you are smart you will never leave Butler.

JohnDepa
JohnDepa

Midwesterner Stevens a good candidate for the Michigan job after John Beilein (turned 60 last month) retires.

StevenKeys
StevenKeys

Incredible, a coach who won't chase the money, though $1M yearly ain't exactly chicken feed.  I needed a story like this.  Thanks, Brad.

0xfece5
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And btw, can ESPN please spare us from calling the first 4 games the "first round"?  Butler won one game in the tournament, they made it to the second round.  4 play-in games doesn't count as a round.  They should call that Round Zero, which is an appropriate name and allows the rest of the numbers to line up properly.

John3
John3

 @0xfece5 - I suspect this nonsense of adding a "Round" is all about prepping us for the NCAA and CBS ultimate dream - 128 teams in the tournament, another week of TV.

0xfece5
0xfece5

Turn the crank at an NBA factory and focus on everything but coaching, or actually stay at Butler and be a basketball coach...He made the right choice.  I think in the one-and-done NCAA era, it's becoming easier for the little guys to stay put and build quality programs.

Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

turn down the ucla job at 2-3 times the salary, to stay at butler?? are you serious???

Cool
Cool

He will have a building named after him if he remains at Butler.  At UCLA his only hope was to have a banner with his name on it somewhere within the city limits.

jpkilroy
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I am a UCLA grad and fan and would have loved to have Stevens come to Westwood, but I got to love that he stayed at Butler. Some coaches switch to big schools and do well (Thad Matta) and some switch and struggle, but what he is doing at Butler can make him a legend. Mark few has shown at Gonzaga and that you don't have to be a flash in the pan (despite their early exit). I hope UCLA gets a good coach, but I will also continue to root for the Gonzagas, Butlers, and VCUs to be able to retain their coaches and build their programs.

marino.eccher
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Good for him, and good for every college hoops coach who values building something rather than making a beeline straight for the brand names. Not that there's anything wrong with the brand names, but the game is so much richer with consistently quality underdogs -- Butler, VCU, ISU -- acting as counterpoints to the traditional powerhouses. You don't need a huge power conference-type resource advantage to run a winning basketball program, and it seems like a number of up-and-coming coaches are recognizing that.