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07:32 AM ET 07.04 | Considering the holiday week, there's a good chance many basketball fans weren't even aware that Brad Stevens had moved on. Butler is expected to move fast in its quest to find a replacement for [Stevens], sources told CBSSports.com. "I bet it gets done quick," said one source with knowledge of the search. Stevens left for the Boston Celtics on Wednesday afternoon after six seasons as the head coach of the Bulldogs. With only one week until the first session of the July recruiting period begins, the program seems determined to get the replacement process going soon. Sources indicated that Butler has a small group of initial candidates to interview, including all three current assistant coaches on the Bulldogs' staff.

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July 4, 2013  08:09 AM ET

I know of a guy in Austin that I'm hoping may soon be available.

::Sigh::

July 4, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Welcome back JR

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July 4, 2013  09:21 AM ET

I bet this sticks in the craw of all those biggie colleges that tried to buy Stevens and couldn't.

July 4, 2013  09:32 AM ET

The next hire will determine if Butler is really going to be an elite program. I would go after for UCLA coach Ben Howland.

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July 4, 2013  09:52 AM ET

The watered-down NBA is such a facade.

In just 2 short weeks we've seen a new head coach with zero coaching experience (Jason Kidd), another head coach straight from college (Stevens - does he have any NBA coaching experience?), a head coach traded from Boston to LA in order to keep a point guard happy, and another player (Dwight Howard) holding the league hostage. And let's not forget the new hottest agent (Jay Z) dissing other agents in his rap songs. What a freaking joke basketball, beyond high school, has become.

July 4, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Butler is a nice small school but Butler doesn't matter on the big picture of College basketball. Stevens was smart to leave and take the cash. Butler should just hire a no name and move on. It's Butler in Indianapolis Indiana the corn belt.

End of an era that I doubt will ever be duplicated.

July 4, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Go East young man, go East

July 4, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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The watered-down NBA is such a facade.In just 2 short weeks we've seen a new head coach with zero coaching experience (Jason Kidd), another head coach straight from college (Stevens - does he have any NBA coaching experience?), a head coach traded from Boston to LA in order to keep a point guard happy, and another player (Dwight Howard) holding the league hostage. And let's not forget the new hottest agent (Jay Z) dissing other agents in his rap songs. What a freaking joke basketball, beyond high school, has become.

+1000000000000000000000000000

When 3 guys can get together and decide which team will get a better chance to get in the playoffs, it is just ridiculous....seems there should be SOME rule saying that players can't "recruit" like that. Heat did more to ruin NBA than anything else...

July 4, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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+1000000000000000000000000000When 3 guys can get together and decide which team will get a better chance to get in the playoffs, it is just ridiculous....seems there should be SOME rule saying that players can't "recruit" like that. Heat did more to ruin NBA than anything else...

Yep.

When it comes to basketball, high school is he best product on the market. Of course I'm spoiled because HS basketball is so competitive in the DFW area and there are some consistently great teams like Dunbar, Lincoln, etc.

There are no one-and-done's in HS and the players stay long enough for the fans to connect with them.

July 4, 2013  10:32 AM ET
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Besides, we need him to stay there to have a easy win if he ever makes the tourney again.

::Sigh::

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July 4, 2013  11:24 AM ET

Go with a curremt assistant or the little known, blue collar guy that fits the "Butler way." Whoever the school hires, Butler will be helped financially and recruiting wise with the Big East brand now attached to it, so shooting for a big name in the coaching ranks shouldn't be the ideal move. Brad Stevens was able to build his name at Butler coaching his way and developing mid-level recruits into stars. A program like Butler (small school, decent basketball tradition, limited resources) needs a coach that follows Stevens style.

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July 4, 2013  01:33 PM ET
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I'm a dump.

FIFY

July 4, 2013  02:56 PM ET
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FIFY

You are the LAST person that I thought I would see with the word "Yankee" as part of his FanNation screen name!

July 4, 2013  03:03 PM ET
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I bet this sticks in the craw of all those biggie colleges that tried to buy Stevens and couldn't.

If his NBA career flops, those same biggie colleges will be waiting and he'll be able to go wherever he wants.

 
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