Each year after the NCAA tournament, Butler's Brad Stevens is an obvious candidate to move to a bigger school after a review of his extensive list of accomplishments with the Bulldogs.
However, Stevens' loyalty to Butler has passed yet another test.
That's the latest from ESPN.com, which is reporting that Stevens will remain with the Bulldogs for the 2013-14 season and beyond. A source close to Stevens and Butler has confirmed the head coach will not be leaving for another job this summer.
Stevens signed a 12-year contract extension following Butler's magical run to the national championship game in 2010 (via ESPN) and then proceeded to take the squad back to the game again in 2011.
The Bulldogs haven't had the same success as those first two trips that officially put Butler and Stevens on the map, but Butler made the tournament for the fifth time in his six seasons as head coach in 2013 and continue to exude success.
Butler is also moving into the new Big East next season, joining the Catholic 7, Xavier and Creighton.
UCLA had emerged as a candidate to pursue Stevens on Thursday (via ESPN), just a few days after firing head coach Ben Howland following the team's second-round loss to Minnesota.
Like the major college programs that have pursued Stevens since 2010, the Bruins will also come up empty.
Stevens has a 166-49 career record as the head coach at Butler, highlighted by his two runs to the Final Four in 2010 and 2011. He also holds a 84-22 conference record as a member of both the Horizon League from 2007-2012 and this year in the Atlantic 10—the team's first as a member.
In cryptic fashion, Stevens foreshadowed his decision to stay with this tweet on Friday morning:
Brad Stevens @BCCoachStevens
Love walking thru Hinkle in the morning... Anxious to get started on our spring workouts next week.3/29/2013, 12:21:54 PM
Stevens will have to work overtime again next year to replace seniors Rotnei Clarke and Andrew Smith, but after putting Butler on the map in 2010 and continuing the program's success enough for a move to a major conference, the sky is the limit for what Butler can accomplish the next few seasons.
His heart clearly lies with the Bulldogs, as yet another college program has tried—and failed—to lure him away.
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