Brandon Miller still on medical leave

NEW YORK -- The only thing the Butler Bulldogs basketball staff and program know for sure is that the season will start Nov. 15.

Beyond that, everything is in limbo as coach Brandon Miller will continue to be out on a medical leave of absence for the foreseeable future.

"We have no timetable," athletic director Barry Collier told ESPN.com about any future decisions on the coaching spot.

Collier said he's had some brief conversations with Miller but he -- along with interim head coach Chris Holtmann and the Butler players -- are all trying to respect Miller's privacy.

"It's really hard for me because me and Brandon are really close," senior Kameron Woods said during Big East media day at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. "We have a really close bond. We've spoken a little bit from time to time, but I'm trying to give him his space."

Woods is playing for his third coach (Brad Stevens, Miller and Holtmann) and in his third league (Horizon, Atlantic 10 and Big East) in as many years.

It's a remarkable amount of change for a program that once oozed stability.

"I don't think there's another four-year player in the country that's been through what our class has been through," Woods said. "I'm not saying we're used to it, but I think we know how to handle it because we've been through so much.''

Amid all the upheaval, the Bulldogs are also trying to rebound from their first losing season in nine years, as well as recruit for the future.

"We're trying to be as transparent as we can be, but still respect Brandon's privacy," said Holtmann, the former head coach at Gardner-Webb. "We tell the guys all the time to worry about what they can control today, and it's the same for all of us. There are certainly questions we have to answer in some cases, especially in respect to recruiting, and we do the best we can with that.''

Holtmann, who took the leap of faith to redirect his own career by leaving a head-coaching job in the Big South for an assistant's position in the Big East, said he is not trying to predict his own future.

"I've been told to coach, recruit and lead this program until I'm told otherwise,'' he said. "And that's what I'm going to do.''