What is their outlook next season? They are going to be a part of the new Big East, they will be losing some seniors (e.g. Rotnei Clarke and Andrew Smith). They desperately need a big man who can defend the paint. Is it likely that they might get any big name recruits, like Trey Lyles?
Honestly I can see brad Stevens bolting for a job at a bigger school. He's done a great job at butler but I think his time has run its course with them. Recruiting at a school like that only goes so far. If Shaka smart stays I'd be surprised but Stevens has to be thinking about greener pastures at a school such as UCLA
I thought Stevens signed a long-term deal a year or two ago to stay in Butler for 10 years or something?
Their is usually some kind of buy out. It is through 2021-22, but if he wanted to go to UCLA, I am sure that it would be taken care of. You never want to make it seem like your coach is on the way out for recruiting purposes, which is why what UConn did this year with Kevin Ollie is not really seen a lot (and he was eventually given a 5 year extension).
What Stevens can do is use UCLA to get an even better extension (a lot of coaches use these big job offers as bargaining chips), decide he is fine where he is or more than likely get paid more at UCLA. Money is not everything and obviously their is a lot more pressure to succeed at UCLA than at Butler, where Stevens has taken the program to heights never believed possible. Certainly seems like he is happy where he is, just do not think the extension would be in the way of him going to UCLA where they would more than likely deal with whatever the buy out might be.
You sign a deal doesn't mean you have to stick it out. Coaches leave all the time. Doesn't matter the money imagine the money UCLA could offer him
It's scary to think how dangerous Brad Stevens could make UCLA in a few years. He has done great things at Butler which is a pretty small school .
a Butler Insider article, talking about the Big East and a rundown of recruits and team prospects for next year on page two:
Sorry for double post
Ordinarily I would admit that, yeah, Brad Stevens might do the "normal, sensible person" thing rather than the "Butler Way thing", but with Butler joining this instant basketball power conference, I think that makes Butler even more of a memphis/Gonzage-type "high-major"/"destination job" than they were after making a second national championship. The Bulldogs bring in more revenue, there is more money to keep Stevens if necessary, Butler gets even more prestige, and Stevens has no reason to jump to a presently unstable UCLA program.