Butler coach returns to practice after eye problem

Posted Feb. 27, 2011, at 6:04 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 27, 2011, at 7:45 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Butler’s Brad Stevens is back to his old self.

Team spokesman Jim McGrath says Stevens led Sunday’s practice and was seeing clearly, one day after leaving the Bulldogs’ game with 2 minutes to go in the first half.

He was diagnosed with a corneal edema.

Stevens still tried coaching through sore, red eyes Saturday as the Bulldogs clinched a share of their record-setting fifth straight Horizon League regular-season title. The 63-56 victory over Loyola also gave Butler one of two byes into next weekend’s tournament semifinals in Milwaukee.

Stevens led the Bulldogs to last season’s national championship game, which Duke won.

McGrath says Stevens issued no statement Sunday other than to say “he could see.”

Assistant coach Matthew Graves took over for Stevens and led the Bulldogs  over Loyola.

“Brad gave me a little bit of prep before the game, said his eye was really bothering him,” Graves said. “He said, ‘Be prepared. We might have to make a change.’”

They did.

With 2 minutes to go in the first half, Stevens walked off the court. He and his wife then left Hinkle Fieldhouse to see an eye doctor, turning the reins over to Graves, a longtime assistant and former Butler player.

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