Brad Stevens Gets 12-Year Extension From Butler

April 9th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Success breeds rewards, and that is exactly what happened  in the case of the Butler Bulldogs and head coach Brad Stevens.

Stevens signed a 12-year contract extension after leading the Bulldogs to the national championship game, and within a basket of beating Duke for the title.

The newly re-worked deal will keep Stevens in Indianapolis through the 2021-22 basketball season.

Jm McGrath, the spokesman for the Bulldogs, did not elaborate on the specific details of the deal, however Stevens earned $750,000 this past season.  Barry Collier, the Director of Athletics for Butler eluded to the fact that Stevens deserved the extension and pay increase.

“Brad has demonstrated that he’s the right fit for Butler University,” Collier remarked through a statement. “Our program has grown under his leadership, and we’re excited about our future under his direction.”

Stevens is slated to face the media in an official conference at some point on Friday.

While success breeds rewards, at a mid-major conference like the Horizon League, a successful coach usually catches the attention of a BCS conference institution. Specifically, coaching vacancies at the University of Oregon, Clemson and Wake Forest were suspects. The Bulldogs were quick to quell such rumors that Stevens may flee, and locked him up for the duration.

Stevens stated that the offer was unbelievable, and he never thought of going any place else.

“Tracy and I are thrilled and very thankful for the opportunity to continue to play a role for Butler University,” Stevens said in a statement of the new contract “We are already looking forward to the 2010-11 season.”

This past season, Butler finished in-conference play undefeated, and tabbed 33 wins, which was good enough for the most in history.  The win total included a 25-game streak that was snapped in the national championship game against Duke.

During their tournament run, Butler defeated No.1 seed Syracuse and No.2 seed Kansas State in the West Regional to advance to the Final Four for the first time ever.

In their Final Four match up, the Bulldogs got past Michigan State, and then came within two points of a national title.  The team lost to Duke in what was the closest contested championship game since 1989, losing 61-59.

Under Steven’s tenure, Butler is 89-15 in three seasons.

While one huge variable has been accounted for, another remains for the basketball program.  Question of whether leading point scorer Gordon Hayward will stay remains to be seen, as he may opt for the NBA draft.  A decision from the young player is expected within a week.

USA Online Sportsbooks
had Butler as an eight-point underdog to lose to Duke, but covered the spread by virtue of their impressive effort.

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