Jordan agrees to become Butler's next coach

Butler is expected to hire Milwaukee coach LaVall Jordan to be their next basketball coach, barring a breakdown in negotiations.

The Bulldogs' former star player, who started his coaching career at his alma mater, was hired Monday as Butler's new head coach.

A contract could be finalized as early as this evening or in the morning, according to a source.

After his playing days, Jordan was an assistant at Butler for three years, an assistant at Iowa for three years, and then an assistant under Beilein at MI for six years. Milwaukee went 11-24 in Jordan's only year, and finished 10th in the Horizon League with a 4-14 record.

Jordan will be Butler's fourth head coach in six seasons. Jordan would stay at MI for three more seasons, leaving at the end of the 2015-16 season to grab his first head coaching position, at former league rival Milwaukee. Regardless, he was quickly identified as the leading candidate to replace Chris Holtmann at Butler because of his ties to the school and athletic director Barry Collier.

Collier should know: He recruited Jordan and coached him for three seasons before leaving for Nebraska.

It's been 10 years since LaVall Jordan appeared at Hinkle Fieldhouse on a regular basis.

It's a level of the game that Jordan has experienced while at a different program. Had Milwaukee defeated Northern Kentucky in the title game to capture an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, Jordan's team would have set the record for the most losses by a team in the field.

Jordan played for the Bulldogs from 1997-2001 and made the postseason in all four seasons, with three NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT appearance.

During Jordan's playing days, the Bulldogs made the NCAA Tournament in three of his four seasons in uniform.

One of Holtmann's assistants has already accepted a job on the Buckeyes' staff, and it's unclear if Johnson and Pedon will follow Holtmann to Ohio State.

  • Julie Sanders