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Butler gives Stevens a 12-year contract

INDIANAPOLIS, April 8 (UPI) -- Brad Stevens, who took Butler to the NCAA men's basketball championship game this week, has been rewarded with a 12-year contract, the school said Thursday.

The deal will keep Stevens -- who a year ago had signed an extension through the 2015-16 season -- with the Bulldogs through the 2021-22 season.

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The school didn't reveal how much it will pay Stevens but Athletics Director Barry Collier made it clear he wants the 33-year-old coach to stick around.

"Brad has demonstrated that he's the right fit for Butler University, and that he embraces and teaches The Butler Way," Collier said in a statement. "Our program has grown under his leadership, and we're excited for the future under his direction."

Stevens has three seasons under his belt with Butler, producing an 89-15 record. The Bulldogs set a school record 33 wins this season before losing to Duke 61-59 in the national title game Monday.

Stevens said he and his wife are "thrilled and very thankful" for the show of faith by Butler.

"We are already looking forward to the 2010-11 season," he said.

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