Next Butler coach could be hired quickly

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Speculation on who will be the next head coach of the Butler men's basketball team doesn't reach far off campus.

Athletic director Barry Collier is expected to move quickly on hiring a replacement for Brad Stevens, possibly as soon as Friday. Three of the front runners are already on the Butler bench.

Butler announced Wednesday Stevens was leaving the school to coach the Boston Celtics.

Assistant coaches Brandon Miller, a former player for the Bulldogs, Terry Johnson, who has been with the program for nine years and Michael Lewis, a former Indiana University player, are among those expected to be interviewed for the job.

Stevens was an assistant coach under Todd Lickliter, who left for Iowa, when he got the Bulldogs' job. Lickliter is currently the head coach at Marian University in Indianapolis.

Matthew Graves, who was recently hired as the head coach at South Alabama, says he is staying at the school.

Another possibility is Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan, who played for Butler while Collier was head coach.