Berry Tramel: Butler's Brad Stevens not realistic option for Sooners

by Berry Tramel Published: March 24, 2011
The Oklahoman sports columnist Berry Tramel answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at

On the possibility of Butler's Brad Stevens coming to OU:

I don't think OU can get Stevens, no matter the price. He's set until he gets the job of his dreams. I don't know what that job is, by the way. For all I know, he can make Butler the job of his dreams, like Mark Few has at Gonzaga. He can get to the Final Four easier at Butler. So why leave for a job that's not elite. OU is a very good job, but Stevens, if he wants to leave Butler, can be the next coach at Indiana or Kentucky or Kansas or somewhere.

On whether Marquette's Buzz Williams can "save" OU's basketball program:

The program doesn't need to be saved. It needs to be resurrected to some degree. And Buzz Williams isn't a perfect fit. But he's a great fit. Oklahoma/Texas ties. Talks like us. Obviously can coach. Great personality. Good in the community. Success at a high level, like the Big East. I can't imagine a better fit out there right now.

On whether recently-fired Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl would be a good fit at OU:

Bruce Pearl is about to be placed in NCAA lockdown. He's likely to get one of those show-cause deals, where it's very hard to hire him. Even if that wasn't the case, Bruce Pearl would not be on my top 750,000 coaches to hire. Chat Recap: Berry Tramel

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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