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Butler’s Secret to Success: The Glasses?

POSTED ON April 4, 2011

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Bulldog fever has swept across the entire country. The Butler University men’s basketball team has made history by advancing to the NCAA national championship game for the second year in a row; this year as a number eight seed. The Bulldogs are led by head coach Brad Stevens. Four years ago today, Stevens assumed the role of head coach at Butler. At 34 years old, Stevens is the youngest coach to go to two Final Fours; quite the feat for the father of two and Zionsville, ...

Bulldog fever has swept across the entire country.

The Butler University men’s basketball team has made history by advancing to the NCAA national championship game for the second year in a row; this year as a number eight seed.

The Bulldogs are led by head coach Brad Stevens. Four years ago today, Stevens assumed the role of head coach at Butler. At 34 years old, Stevens is the youngest coach to go to two Final Fours; quite the feat for the father of two and Zionsville, Indiana native.

Loyal Butler fans have noticed Coach Stevens sporting a different look during this tournament run. It wasn’t by choice, but rather by chance that Stevens found himself wearing glasses rather than his usual contact lenses. Stevens suffered a corneal edema during Butler’s final home game of the season on February 26th. To help protect his eyes, Stevens began wearing glasses.

Photo courtesy http://offthebench.nbcsports.com

Stevens has worn the glasses ever since. Butler hasn’t lost a game since the switch. The event has become a trending topic on Twitter with the phrase #feartheglasses.

“I think you’re always somewhat superstitious as a coach,” Stevens told the Houston media. “The reason I’m wearing the glasses is so I can see. I have found that I’m a better coach when I can see than when I can’t.”

Stevens knows the importance of a regular eye exam. Dr. Tavel and his board certified associates can detect nearly 40 systemic diseases through a routine eye exam. Not only will you see better like Coach Stevens, but you’ll have better overall health.

So what’s the key to tonight’s championship game? Brad Stevens wears glasses. UConn’s head coach does not.

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