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article imageDuke and Butler part two in the works

By Michael Bearak     Apr 9, 2010 in Sports
The Men's NCAA Championship is not even a week old and already Duke and Butler might be finding themselves facing off again next season.
Butler coach Brad Stevens just finished inking a 12-year deal with Butler after the 33-year-old's meteoric rise in the coach's rankings with his trip to the championship game this year, and he wasted no time starting to map out where he sees the program going too. Stevens mentioned that he wanted to strengthen their out of conference schedule along with recruiting more talent and possibly even a match-up next season with defending national champs, Duke.
Stevens noted that he thought a game on a neutral site or a home-and-home series could be very interesting for the two schools. "We have been approached about that but it all depends on the times and the dates," Stevens said Friday.
The details of the contract are unknown and neither Stevens or athletic director Barry Collier were willing to discuss them. What is known is that Stevens has a contract for 12 years, and it is presumed that he will be making significantly more money than he did this past season.
On Friday Stevens hit the recruiting trail with the hope that four out of five of this year's starters will be back. He is waiting to hear word on Gordon Hayward, the sophomore sensation who nearly won the game Monday night for the Bulldogs. The hope is that the new contract for Stevens might pursued Hayward to give it one more year. "You know, if we get better recruits than the ones who almost won us a national championship, I'll be surprised," Stevens said.
As for the Bulldogs, everyone is going to have to wait and see as to who they line-up out of conference. Last season they beat Ohio State, UCLA, and Xavier. At the same time they lost to Clemson, Minnesota, and Georgetown. All six teams comprised a grueling out of conference schedule for the Bulldogs.
For now, though, Stevens begins the job of implementing his vision and long term goals for Butler University.
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