PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
Sully's got a new HC.
gotta be honest..this is an awesome hire.
"Winter is coming" - Urban Meyer
Total shocker to me. I though Stevens was a true college guy like Coach K or Thad and not an NBA man like Coach Cal and Rick Pitino. I truly will miss Stevens in the college game where he made the less talented overachievers consistently
Wow. I love Stevens as a college coach. And I never thought he'd make the move to the NBA. He seemed like the guy who could succeed Coach K @ Duke or even be a lifer @ Butler. Not sure how he'll translate into the pro game, but I would think if anyone could do it, it'd be him. He's got a rebuilding job to do and it should be quite an interesting journey.
Sidenote: Guess who gave Stevens his first coaching job? Thad Matta.
I'm with you. I always thought he would be the next guy at Duke or Syracuse
as a butler fan who has lived only a couple blocks from the campus most of his life. i feel like i have been dumped by the hottest girl i will ever date. never saw the nba coming. i have witnessed every good butler coach jump ship. barry, thad, todd, and now brad. and this one hurts the most because it felt like he was a lifer. he spurned Illinois and UCLA and all that Nike money. it felt great and now the Celtics of all teams one of the top teams i hate. sigh
all i can say is damn just damn. i will be drinking with my butler grad friends and hope for the ship to be righted at least football season is only a couple weeks away i have that to look forward to.
i need a grey box or some sort of pick me up.
My two Butler alumni friends are taking this news extremely hard as well.
Stevens and Butler (to me) was nearly identical to Fitzgerald and Northwestern (both very attractive options for the top college jobs and both very comfortable (and content) with secure and steady programs in their field). Stevens could have stayed at Butler for 20-30 more years, won a ton of games, and had a building named after him.
Good for Stevens for taking on a new challenge. But I do feel for the Butler faithful who have just had their basketball worlds turned upside down. He will be tough to replace.
Happy for Stevens and relieved for the Bulls. I'm guessing Tom Thibodeau had, at least, passing interest in this job as a former Celts assistant and he and Gar Forman are butting heads something serious. It will be interesting to see if Stevens can translate the magic he had at Butler.
Bust in the nba calling it now.
stark county football
Hope they give him a real chance, since Celtics are re-building. All depends if the NBA guys buy in to Stevens. If they do, he could do just fine and surprise some teams. If not, sure college basketball will welcome him back.
I'm a Celtics fan so I'm hoping for the best. I don't think coach is the biggest problem right now. I'd like to see Avery Bradley traded for a true 2.
Brad Stevens took Butler to two national championship games in two years. Butler.
He also led the program from the Horizon League to the new Big East. Think about those two things for a second. He is a GREAT hire.
I truly believe he saw what has been accomplished at Butler, where they are sitting as a program right now, and decided there isn't a while lot more he can do. Now, he's the coach of an historic NBA franchise and hopefully has a chance to do something special there.
Or, if not, in 7-10 years when Thad is done, he could always move in to Columbus...
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