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.
Competitive drive. Always looking for that next challenge.
Or maybe it's a more calculated move . Maybe he's thinking exactly what a lot of us are thinking. Stevens seems pretty practical maybe he thinks he'll work one NBA contract, make a ton of money and then come back to college. Maybe he thought this was the only way he could leave Butler without being hated. I know a lot of Butler grads that would have been furious if he left for another college but their attitude about him going to the Celtics is pretty much "Well it's the NBA, he had to give it a shot."
So he gets out of Butler still beloved and if the NBA doesn't work he can move onto a higher profile school without the "blood on his hands" of going there directly.