O'Neil: Brad Stevens elevates Butler

RICHMOND, Va. -- The old-timer, a long-time fan of Butler basketball, couldn't quite lift his bag into the luggage holding area of the bus as the Bulldogs' traveling party readied to depart for its big game at VCU this month.

So a nice, young gentleman came along and helped him.

It was Brad Stevens.

No surprise there, really. Stevens has been carrying Butler for six years now.

On Wednesday, the new Big East made what it termed a "milestone announcement" for its fledgling league, making official the additions of Butler, Xavier and Creighton.

It's big news for the new league, giving it immediate hoops cachet from the East Coast to the Midwest.

But the more amazing piece in all of this is the stunning conference ladder-climbing for Butler.

Short of maybe Chris Petersen at Boise State, is there one coach who has done more to elevate an entire university than Stevens?

Click here to read the rest of Dana O'Neil's story about the Butler coach.