Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I know the reason why Stevens is leaving Butler, but whenever these decisions are made I just shake my head. Stevens had pretty much cemented his legacy at Butler and pretty much guaranteed himself a lifetime contract. Couple that with Butler going to the Big East and the revenue stream coming in stands to gain quite a bit. He wasn't going to get a NBA type contract, but at what point is a "lifetime" contract getting $2m+ a season good enough?
What I don't quite understand is Butler proved they could win with the premier college programs. Programs like Xavier, Memphis and Gonzaga proved that you could recruit the big name player. They may not get the #1 prospect, but they could get good enough players to compete on the national scale.
I guess in the end Stevens walked away from a great, steady, well paying job. He took a better paying job in a pressure cooker where the odds are already stacked against him.
It would take him around 20 years at Butler to earn what this contract will pay him. Could be even better if he's fired after 4 years, he still gets the rest of the contract and will, LITERALLY, have his pick of the top college jobs available when and if he leaves the pro game.
It was a no-brainer.