Brad Stevens is content to keep coaching the Butler way. The 33-year-old coach, who came within a buzzer-beating shot of winning the NCAA men’s basketball championship, signed a 12-year deal Thursday that extends through the 2021-22 season. The Bulldogs got the man they wanted to stay. “Brad has demonstrated that he’s the right fit for Butler University,” Collier said in a statement. “Our program has grown under his leadership, and we’re excited about our future under his direction.” Stevens is expected to answer questions at a news conference Friday morning. The move should end, at least temporarily, speculation that Stevens would jump to a BCS-conference school. Jobs at Oregon, of the Pac-10, and two ACC schools, Clemson and Wake Forest, are open. But Stevens had said Tuesday that he would speak with Collier, a Butler alum and former head basketball coach, before entertaining thoughts of leaving. Collier never gave Stevens, one of college basketball’s best young coaches, a chance to reconsider. “Tracy and I are thrilled and very thankful for the opportunity to continue to play a role for Butler University,” Stevens, referring to his wife, said in a statement. “We are already looking forward to the 2010-11 season.” Stevens… Read full this story
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