Report: Brad Stevens will stay at Butler

UCLA among pursuers of Stevens

INDIANAPOLIS - Though there hasn't been any official statement, ESPN is reporting that Butler basketball coach Brad Stevens will stay at the school.

In what has become an annual tradition, Stevens is again the preeminent hot coaching commodity.

ESPN initially reported Thursday that Stevens was involved in contract negotiations with UCLA, then yanked that report to the much softer stance that UCLA was pursuing Stevens.

On Friday, ESPN reported that Stevens rebuffed the advances from UCLA and will stay at Butler.

Pretty much any large school with a coaching vacancy would likely pursue Stevens, whose success with the Bulldogs first got him into coaching carousel talk in 2010.

Stevens is currently signed at Butler through the 2021-2022 season at a salary that reportedly exceeds $1 million a year, but other schools could toss significantly more money at Stevens, hoping he'll bite to help rebuild their programs.

A tweet Stevens sent Friday morning indicated seeming contentment.

"Love walking thru Hinkle in the morning... Anxious to get started on our spring workouts next week," Stevens tweeted.

If Stevens indeed stays at Butler, it will be easier for outsiders to understand than it has been in previous years when coaching change rumors came up.

Butler jumped from the Horizon League to the Atlantic 10, a stronger basketball conference, and is now moving to the Big East, a powerhouse college hoops conference that includes the storied programs Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette and Xavier.

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