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  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL

    Butler hires former assistant Miller to replace outgoing Stevens

  • INDIANAPOLIS — Butler found its next basketball coach the same place it usually does — inside the family.
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  • INDIANAPOLIS — Butler found its next basketball coach the same place it usually does — inside the family.
    The Bulldogs announced Saturday that they were promoting recently hired assistant Brandon Miller to replace Brad Stevens. The decision came three days after Stevens surprised everyone by taking the head job with Boston.
    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'm just thrilled that I have an opportunity to coach the guys that are here right now," Miller said. "We hope to continue this success in our own way and be the best that we can be moving forward."
    Only two candidates' names were seriously 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 and former Bulldogs assistant.
    Miller met with athletic director Barry Collier on Wednesday and Thursday before meeting with Collier and Butler President James Danko on Friday. He was officially offered the position Saturday.
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