Brad Stevens has been to more Final Fours in his five-plus seasons as a young head coach than the majority of college basketball programs have in their entire histories.
Clearly, he must have inherited a great job at a school that attracts blue-chip prospects in its sleep like a Duke, Kentucky or Kansas right? Nope, he’s actually done it at Butler University, a small and quaint school right outside Indianapolis that has fewer students than Big State U. has in some individual lecture halls.
Stevens is at it again this season, and his Bulldogs are ranked No. 13 in the country and already count victories over Marquette, North Carolina and Indiana on their resume.
It’s only natural in today’s collegiate athletic atmosphere of conference realignment and bigger is better to ask if Stevens will always be the head man at Butler or if he should take on a new challenge at a power-conference program.
Read on to see five programs that should open the vault to land his services. Remember, these are not rumors or even suggested career moves for the excellent Stevens (who is frankly better off at Butler than just about all these schools), just down-on-their-luck programs that could really use his coaching abilities.