‘Tis the time for contract extensions. The latest: Butler’s Chris Holtmann, who’s become an intriguing candidate around the country. But Butler’s holding on to him for now. The school has announced Holtmann’s new deal runs through the 2021-22 season.
Holtmann, who took over after Brandon Miller abruptly resigned in 2014, has a 45-22 record with BU. He’s gone to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. The school notes only he and Brad Stevens have ever achieved that feat in their first two years at the school.
What else is causing a pay raise and contract extension?
“Holtmann will add Butler’s highest-rated recruiting class in program history for the 2016-17 season, a class that was ranked as high as 20th on National Signing Day,” per BU’s release.
Butler is ranked 25th in our Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one). Kelan Martin, Andrew Chrabascz, Tyler Wideman, Tyler Lewis, Avery Woodson and Kethan Savage should keep the Bulldogs in the chase for another NCAA Tournament bid next season.
“I want to thank President Danko and Barry Collier for their continued support and confidence in our long-term ability to lead this outstanding program,” Holtmann said via statement. “I know I speak for our staff when I say how much we understand and appreciate the great responsibility that comes with this position. I am honored to serve Butler University in this capacity and I, along with Lori and Nora, are very excited about our future here.”
The Big East will be very good at the top yet again. Reigning national champion Villanova is expected to be top-10 good. Xavier could actually be better next season, believe it or not. Butler and Creighton should fill up the top four in the league.