2013-14 Season

ESPN: LaVall Jordan is Butler’s top target to replace Brad Stevens

Dallas Open Practice - #11Jeff Goodman reports that LaVall Jordan is Butler’s top candidate to replace Brad Stevens, who accepted a job with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

Sources told ESPN.com that Collier, who has been the AD since 2006, will almost certainly keep it in the Butler family — and the front-runner is Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan, a former Butler player from 1998 to 2001.

It almost certainly would have been Matthew Graves, but Stevens’ top assistant left this past offseason for a head coaching job at South Alabama, and Graves told ESPN.com that he was definitely staying at South Alabama.

There are other options. Barry Collier, who was 196-132 in his tenure, could take the reigns for the year. The ever-important July recruiting period begins exactly one week after Stevens left for the NBA, so getting someone in place quickly could help in that regard.

Lickliter is another option to return. He took the program to a pair of Sweet 16s and was 131-61 in six seasons before heading to Iowa, where he failed in the Big Ten.

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