INDIANAPOLIS — Butler found its next basketball coach the same place it usually does – inside the family.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs announced they were promoting recently hired assistant coach Brandon Miller as Brad Stevens’ replacement. The decision came three days after Stevens surprised everyone by taking the head job with the Boston Celtics.
But like Stevens and his predecessors Todd Lickliter and Thad Matta, the Bulldogs didn’t have to look far to find the next coach.
“I am confident that Brandon will carry on the Butler University basketball tradition of excellence, especially as we make the transition to the Big East Athletic Conference,” athletic director Barry Collier said in a statement.
“As a player, assistant coach, and person, Brandon has exemplified the Butler Way and brings a blend of energy, talent and integrity to this role. With Brandon’s leadership, Butler is well positioned to expand upon the success of the last few years.”
Forward Khyle Marshall said that the players had been virtually assured the coach would have a Butler background.
Only two candidates’ names were bandied about – Miller, a former Butler star who was just rehired by Stevens as an assistant coach in April, and Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan, another Butler alum.
NORTH CAROLINA: The Durham man who rented the car that Tar Heels basketball player P.J. Hairston was driving on the night of his drug arrest says he wasn’t providing improper benefits to Hairston.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Haydn Patrick “Fats” Thomas said he rented the 2013 GMC Yukon from the June 5 arrest at a license checkpoint in Durham. He also confirmed details reported by WTVD of Durham, including that he loaned the car to one of the two passengers in the vehicle.
All three were charged with possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana and released on $1,000 unsecured bonds.
Thomas says “there’s no story” and that Hairston wasn’t accepting gifts.