NCAA Tournament Final Four: Why Brad Stevens Will Never Leave Butler Basketball

Collin O'ConnorCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 26:  Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs talks to head coach Brad Stevens during their 74 to 71 win over the Florida Gators during the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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To most people, it’s crazy to think that Brad Stevens won’t leave Butler. Why would he stay at Butler when he could work for Missouri, NC State and now possibly Purdue?

In a world where coaches are constantly leaving for the next big thing, Brad Stevens is more old school and classy than the coaching profession he works in.

We see it all the time. Matt Painter has a great job at his alma-mater in Purdue, has enjoyed success, and already has some good recruiting classes locked in. However, reports are now saying that maybe he’s leaving for Missouri.

It’s just another case of a coach getting more money in a bigger atmosphere, and that’s what people want.

It feeds men’s ego when they get a promotion, even if they’re going from a great job to a rebuilding situation. More money means more power and more success, right?

In this day and age, yes. Brad Stevens is the only exception.

Signing his long-term deal with Butler secured him for that time, but he could still leave for a top job if he really wanted to. For once though, a college team has a phenomenal coach that would rather be insanely successful in the Horizon League than go on a long rebuilding process in the Big Ten or SEC.

While some may think that isn’t a good choice, it is for Stevens. Why should he leave a program he’s taken to the Final Four two years in a row? Obviously they’re doing something right.

Butler’s been to more Final Fours in the last two years than North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky and Indiana, if people want to look at it like that. Now, if they come away with a National Championship, more and more people are going to want to come to Butler.

Another thing to look at is Butler’s recruiting class. Stevens has a pretty good one coming in 2011. From an Australian point guard, to a forward that scored 52 points in one game this season, to a dead-eye shooting guard that has outstanding range, this Butler program is not going away.

Brad Stevens is building for the future, and he will want to stick around to see what he can get done in Indianapolis. There’s no reason that Stevens won’t finish on top of the coaching profession, as he is already on pace to break the all-time wins record when he’s done.

Coach Stevens is now as hot as anything in the basketball game, but there’s no shaking him. He will be building something great at Butler for a long, long time.


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