Note: this article was originally posted on April 1st and is an April Fools article.
It's happening again. The Butler Bulldogs are losing yet another successful coach to a higher paying job. Chris Holtmann has accepted a 7 year, $30 million offer to coach the conference rival Georgetown Hoyas. Georgetown fired coach John Thompson III after back to back losing seasons snapped an 11 year run above .500.
Many will point to the contract as the reason for Holtmann's departure, but the former Butler coach says it's not about the money. "I recently read an article online that made me realize my potential for success here is really limited. It's almost impossible to get future NBA players to come here and you can't get past the Sweet 16 without those 5 star recruits. Georgetown just has inherent advantages that blow Butler away in every regard."
Holtmann will be tasked with getting Georgetown back to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 11 years. He was asked why it would be easier to recruit at Georgetown compared to a school that has been to four Sweet 16s and two Final Fours since 2007, the last time Georgetown won multiple tournament games. "Kids don't care about stuff like winning when picking a school," Holtmann replied. "All they care about are facilities and getting to the next level. Georgetown has some of the top facilities in the country and a solid history of getting players drafted. When was the last time you turned on an NBA All-Star game and saw a former Butler Bulldog?"
The recent success at Purdue and the coaching change at Indiana also played a role in Holtmann's decision. "I just had to get out of Indiana. The state isn't big enough for four successful teams. That's why I was so upset when I learned about Tom Crean's firing after our victory in Milwaukee. I knew he was going to continue to drive that program into the ground. Archie will have them winning championships in no time. Last year 16% of our minutes came from kids from the state of Indiana, and that's just not sustainable moving forward if we have an elite Big Ten team 90 minutes down the road."
For the Bulldogs, it's now up to athletic director Barry Collier to find someone to carry on the Butler Way. "We will hire a search committee to evaluate all of our options," Collier stated in a news conference. "The most likely scenario is we promote someone in house. It can be really tough to find someone to take the job when it's so difficult to win here. Five Sweet 16s and two Final Fours through four different coaches in the past 15 years show just how difficult it is to win with all of the limitations in place here. Who wants to come into that?"
The good news for the Bulldogs is that all of the incoming freshman that make up Butler's top 20 recruiting class say they still plan to attend Butler next year. "Where else would I go?" 4 star Kyle Young stated. "Butler was my only high major offer. I wanted to go somewhere with better facilities, but places like Purdue, Ohio State, or Michigan wanted nothing to do with me. I'll have to settle for practicing in Hinkle Fieldhouse everyday. And with the way the message board criticized every move Coach Holtmann made all season long, this might be a blessing anyways."
Author note: If you have read this far on April 1st and still haven't realized this is an April Fool's joke then...well...I'm not even sorry. Chris Holtmann is still the coach of the Butler Bulldogs and there are currently no rumors suggesting he might be leaving. It's still a great day to be a Bulldog.