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  •  Butler, a small, formerly United Church of Christ (1+ / 0-)
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    affiliation, has been invited into the Big Easter. Butler has operated as an Independent University, apart from religious affiliation, for a long time. The AC 10 connection, after Butler left the Horizion League, hasn't worked well because the Basketball program is the only sport that moved up to that league.  The remainder of the sports program sort of drifted into playing schools closer to Butler's small university size, but with limited league participation.  

    The big news is that Blue II, the Butler bulldog mascot is retiring after the final season game.  Blue III is trained and ready to go.  Blue III will receive the offical mascot dog collar at the final season game.  A local jeweler designed the collar for $1,500.  This is what a successful Basket Ball program does to your university.  Go blue!!!

    •  similar to BYU's joining the West Coast Conference (1+ / 0-)
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      hegemony counts!

      Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ Now with more SNAP: Saturday hate mail-a-palooza End of a series

      by annieli on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:57:06 AM PST

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    •  I wish Butler had won a national championship (2+ / 0-)
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      when they were in the Final Four. It would have been a great Hoosiers (one of my favorite all time sports movies) story at the college level.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:52:54 PM PST

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      •  Don't give up hope yet. It looks as if Butler will (1+ / 0-)
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        be invited to the Big Dance again this year. They beat IU and Duke early this season and have held their national rating around 15 throughout the A 10 Conference season. They looked really good for the two games I saw them play.

        A new book about Butler Univerisy was recently published by Abingdon Press, Nashville, named LEAD LIKE BUTLER: SIX PRINCIPLES FOR VALUES-BASED LEADERS.  It was written by Dr. Kent Millard, a friend and pastor to Coach Brad Stevens, and Judy Cebula, Publicity Director for Butler University. Coach Stevens wrote the foreward, but as he explains in his usual fashion, he was too busy coaching Basketball to be totally involved.  That's a good thing, I think. The history of this very successful Basketball program dates all the way back to Tony Hinkle, and the story is updated with current leadership ideas taught by Coach Stevens.  The book is a good read for both sports fans and business leaders looking for inspirational ideas.
        ISBN 978-1-4267-4914-8.

        The Indiana Pacers are planning to show the movie, Hoosiers, as a pre-game publicity gig on the 50th  anniversery date of that infamous High School Game. It will be shown on the giant screens in center court, as if the game were actually happening.  

        •  drmah - I saw the games againt IU and Duke (2+ / 0-)
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          Butler has a good team and should be in the Tournament. I am a big college basketball fan and also understand that winning a national championship takes a lot of luck. Butler has a very good basketball program and Coach Stevens is recruiting good talent and seems to be a wonderful teacher and role model for his players.

          I went to UCLA when they dominated college basketball and had the amazing good fortune to know Coach Wooden, another Hoosier, who has been one of the most inspiring people in my life. I'll definitely buy the book about Butler Basketball. I love a good sports story. Two of my favorite inspirational stories about high school programs:

          The Miracle of St. Anthony
          When The Game Stands Tall

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:58:53 PM PST

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          •  My dad coached back in the time of Tony Hinkle (2+ / 0-)
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            so I grew up hearing sports stories, including Wooden, all my life.  

            Given that Butler is about 1/100th the size of UCLA, it makes their success story even more amazing. I took graduate classes at Butler to fill in requirements for my degree at IU. I also had the opportunity to guide student teachers from Butler in my classroom. The two most outstanding programs of study at Butler are the School of Pharmacy and the School of Classical Ballet.

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