Stevens: Suitors Will Keep Calling As Long As I'm Successful
Butler Coach Addresses Prospects
10:16 AM, Mar 29, 2011
As long as he keeps winning, Butler basketball coach Brad Stevens is sure to be the coach other schools desire.After last year's run to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's final game, Stevens was approached about several open coaching positions at larger schools, but he agreed to a long-term extension with the Bulldogs, substantially increasing his paycheck and vanquishing would-be suitors.
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Though serious talk won't heat up again until the season is over, larger basketball programs are sure to come calling again this year.Speaking at an open gym on Monday, Stevens sounded content and didn't give any indication he'd consider leaving."The good news with having a program that's successful is that you have to answer those questions every year. It's the fourth-straight year we've done it," Stevens said. "This is a great place to be, and we're really fortunate to just be here every day, and I know that. Obviously, my family knows that. I've been here a long time."Stevens parlayed last year's tournament run into a 12-year contract that pays him handsomely. Terms of that deal weren't released, but it is believed to be worth more than $1 million annually."There's always opportunities out there. When you're talking about somebody with the best four-year win-loss record in NCAA Division I history, it's not that he doesn't have the tools to succeed where he is," said Butler president Bobby Fong.Stevens has been mentioned as a possible candidate in nearly every open coaching position at larger schools, but he's intensely focused on title hopes.