Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 7/5/13
Butler head basketball coach Brad Stevens shocked the world on Wednesday afternoon when the news broke that he’d be leaving Butler to take the head coaching job with the Boston Celtics. The 36-year-old Stevens has more than proven that he’s a great young basketball mind, but the fact that there hadn’t been any rumblings of this is why it was such a surprise. Stevens led Butler to back-to-back national championship game appearances in 2010 & 2011. Over the past couple of years Stevens could have taken any head coaching job that became available. However, he decided to stick with Butler. Stevens is the first head coach directly from college to be hired in Boston since Rick Pitino left Kentucky to take the Celtics job in 1997. The national media has made multiple comparisons to the Pitino hire in 97 and the recent hiring of Stevens. Many are predicting that Stevens will fail similar to the way Pitino did during his stint with the Celtics. There is no question that Pitino’s years wi...
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