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Along the way, Butler went from virtual unknown to household name, and Stevens' exposure made him the hottest person on the coaching carousel.
But Stevens has never followed the conventional road. He has produced the school's only two 30-win seasons and is 89-15 in three seasons with the Bulldogs. The 89 victories are a national record for coaches over their first three seasons. Stevens was also the Horizon League coach of the year each of the past two seasons.
So the Bulldogs hoped they wouldn't have to make a change. Butler has now answered one of the two biggest questions it faced this offseason.
The other question is whether sophomore swingman Gordon Hayward will leave early for the NBA. That answer might not come until next week, at the earliest, but the Bulldogs are hoping that Stevens' return will sway Hayward to come back.
"We're continually trying to do everything we can to improve our program, and we'll continue to do that," Collier said.
With Stevens leading the way.
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