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Huge blow to Butler. I dont think anyone saw this one coming
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No one did! I sent this out to all of my Indiana guys and they are shocked.
I didn't see it coming at all, but it's a very smart move in my opinion.
Butler is not likely to do that well in the Big East, since it is the smallest school in a conference full of schools with basketball tradition and no D-1 football team to distract the population. Stevens was likely to have his reputation take a hit if he stayed at Butler, as people would begin to think the NCAA tourney runs might have been as much about luck as coaching acumen. (I tend to think it was both, since you can't win in the tournament without either one.)
Boston is gutting the roster, so there will be no expectations for Stevens to win in his first three years there. His reputation will remain untarnished if the Celtics lose, and it will shine more brightly if they win. Two or three years from now, Stevens will still be a top candidate (maybe THE top candidate) for any college coaching position, having the reputation of winning in college, getting it done in the tournament, and the bonus of the recruiting sales pitch of having NBA coaching experience. It isn't like losing in the NBA hurt Pitino or Calipari's careers as NCAA coaches. So when jobs open up in Durham, Chapel Hill, etc., Stevens will be in prime position to rake in offers if he wants to return to the college game.
A lot of solid points.
I always thought that he was waiting for the IU job.
Or there, but aren't people beginning to think Crean isn't wanting to go to the NBA anymore and is going to be in Bloomington for a very long time?
He has that 10 yr rolling contract but I always assumed he was going to get himself in trouble. Regardless, huge move for Stevens.
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