On The Brink Of Irrelevance: St. John's Moment Of Truth

Hamilton BolducContributor IMarch 28, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - MARCH 27:  Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs reacts during the west regional final against the Kansas State Wildcats of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Energy Solutions Arena on March 27, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Bulldogs defeated the Wildcats 63-56. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The search for the next head basketball coach of St. John's continues to be littered with rumors and rejections. Those close to the decision makers are proclaiming that a perfect candidate no longer exists and it appears as if the Johnnies will continue to be a cellar dweller in the loaded Big East Conference.

But a perfect candidate does exist. And his name is Brad Stevens.

While many reports indicate that the next group of potential suitors is a who's who of past their prime coaches.

How does BC's Al Skinner or ESPN analyst Steve Lavin sound to you? They are former household names with formidable track records, but no recent success for a tournament-thirsty alumni to hang their hopes on.

Meanwhile, Brad Stevens has amassed a phenomenal record (88-14!) while getting the most out of his players. Unlike many of the supposed elite teams, Butler is without a solid first round prospect. Much like every well-respected mind in college basketball, Stevens has created a game plan to fit the talent he has and his team has completely bought into his philosophy.

Coach Stevens' ability to make more out of less is necessary at St. John's since the roster he could inherit will not be full of blue chippers. It wouldn't be shocking to see him steal away some prospects from other programs since he will be the hottest coaching candidate moving to the biggest city in the world to coach a team playing in the biggest conference in college basketball.

Another great reason to target Stevens is his age. While many of the elite programs in this conference have aging coaches, Stevens will only be 34 at the beginning of next season. His youth and hunger to build a winner could be a great fit for a program that needs an identity and long-term solution to it's coaching issues.

But would he leave Butler?

Over the past few years, we have learned that if there is an opportunity to compete against the best and get rewarded financially coaches will jump at the chance.

For Stevens this opportunity is bound to happen, so why not now and why not St. John's.