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Butler looking for new coach with Bulldog ties

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10:03 AM ET 07.06 | Immediately after the bombshell announcement Brad Stevens was Boston-bound, Butler athletic director Barry Collier strongly hinted the Bulldogs' next coach will be someone with ties to the program. He told USA Today the most important quality he's looking for in Stevens' successor "is someone who really understands Butler and how we have been successful." Assuming Collier's mindset doesn't change, that significantly limits the pool of candidates he'll consider.One strong possibility is Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan, a former Butler player and a rising star in the coaching profession. Jordan was on Butler's staff from 2003-07 and Todd Lickliter's Iowa staff from 2007-2010 before joining John Beilein at Michigan and helping lead the Wolverines to the national title game last April. Another potential choice is Butler assistant coach Brandon Miller, who rejoined his alma mater in April after stints under Thad Matta at Ohio State and John Groce at Illinois. Miller starred at point guard for Butler from 2000-03 and served as an assistant coach under Stevens during the 2007-08 season. A source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday that Jordan and Miller have emerged as early favorites to succeed Stevens. The source also said former Butler associate head coach Matthew Graves is not a candidate and will remain at South Alabama.

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July 6, 2013  10:41 AM ET

Both Jordan and Miller are excellent candidates. EOE nod goes to Jordan.

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