Brad Stevens is Staying at Butler, Not Going to Illinois

March 25, 2012 – 9:48 pm by Ryan Phillips

In case you haven’t been paying attention over the past few years, Butler head basketball coach Brad Stevens really likes his job. No, I mean he really likes his job.

For the third-straight offseason, Stevens has been pursued for a major conference job opening (or multiple major conference openings) and has refused to leave the small school he has helped raise to basketball relevance.

After going hard at VCU coach Shaka Smart and being rebuffed, Illinois reportedly turned its attention to Stevens. That interest was apparently a one-way street and the 35-year-old has announced that he will remain at Butler.

Much like Smart, Stevens is just happy in his current position. He is making good money, is coaching in his home state and for a school that appreciates him and what he has done for it.

I have talked to several sources close to Stevens and at this time there are only two schools he would leave Butler for. I won’t say which ones, but if you know anything about Stevens they should be pretty obvious. Unfortunately, neither of those jobs will be open any time soon. So expect him to stay at Butler for the foreseeable future.

Stevens isn’t a guy who cares about money. He’s comfortable where he is and, frankly, is making enough to where he’s not struggling. He just wrapped up his fifth season at Butler and has a career record of 139-40.

Like Smart, it will take a perfect situation to make Stevens leave his current job. Illinois is not that perfect situation.

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  1. 4 Responses to “Brad Stevens is Staying at Butler, Not Going to Illinois”

  2. I would be very happy to see him go to one of those mystery schools–but the guy in charge there has a pretty damned good thing going.

    The other school…I would not be very happy to see him go to. But, the guy in charge there has a pretty damned good thing going, too.

    There is another school I would LOVE to see him go to in the general area of the other two schools, but the guy in charge there isn’t going anywhere until a certain Polish-American coach finally retires. Also, I don’t think Stevens is all that interested in that school, but it would be nice for that school to actually manage to win a game in the NCAA tournament.

    By MJenks on Mar 26, 2012

  3. The school that you don’t think he’s interested in is one of the two places he wants to go. The other place’s coach wears glasses and he’s unseasonably tan. That’s all I’ll say.

    By Ryan Phillips on Mar 26, 2012

  4. I knew one of them. With the coach and the glasses and the movement.

    I thought the other school was, um, more West. I hadn’t heard he was all that interested in the school I’m…intimately…familiar with.

    Still, as much as that would make me happy…he needs to stay at Butler. At least for the time being. I like having three to four good teams in Indiana. I’d love to see the days when seven teams from Indiana got to the dance, though I doubt that’s going to happen anymore with Valpo moving to the Horizon.

    Of course, if Butler moves to the A-10, then I guess it could more feasibly happen.

    By MJenks on Mar 27, 2012

  5. My guesses would be Duke or Indiana and possibly Stanford only because it’s a private school, but that’s a long way from home.

    By Bill Andree on Oct 26, 2012

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