Butler Coach Brad Stevens Mistaken for Player by Security Guard
A security guard mistook Butler's boyish-looking coach for one of his players Thursday when the Bulldogs arrived at Lucas Oil Stadium for practice.
"It's the first time that's happened in probably two years," Stevens said. "I don't mind it happening at all. It makes me feel good."
At 33, Stevens is one of the younger coaches in the country, and certainly one of the youngest to ever take a team to the Final Four. Mike Krzyzewski, Bob Huggins and Tom Izzo, his three counterparts in Indianapolis this weekend, all have at least 20 years on him.
When Izzo and Michigan State won the national title here in 2000, Stevens was a year out of college and working down the street for Eli Lilly.
Since the NCAA started keeping thorough records in 1972, only Bob Knight was younger when he brought his Indiana team to the Final Four in 1973. Before that, Ray Meyer was 29 when he took DePaul to the Final Four in 1943, and Branch McCracken was 31 when he took Indiana in 1940.
Butler (32-4) plays Michigan State (28-8) in the first semifinal Saturday night.
Stevens doesn't make a big deal out of his age or his youthful appearance. But he doesn't try to hide it, either. When the Bulldogs upset second-ranked Kansas State last weekend to reach the Final Four, Stevens celebrated by giving one of his players a high-flying chest bump.
And when he was asked about the security guard snub, Stevens just smiled.
"It's obvious he didn't see me shoot, handle [the ball] or run," he said. "Then he would have been like, 'What are you doing here?' "
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