Two days after Butler coach Todd Lickliter left for Iowa last April, Butler's athletic director, Barry Collier, held a meeting with the players. The Bulldogs were coming off a stellar 29-7 season that ended with a Sweet 16 loss to Florida. It was the school's second trip to the Sweet 16 in the last five years and its sixth trip to the NCAA tournament in the last 11 years. So when Collier asked the players whom he should hire, their answer was as simple as it was predictable:
We want a Butler Man.