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Friday, May 6, 2011
Brad Stevens chats up President Obama

By Diamond Leung

President Obama arrived in Indianapolis Friday, waving and saluting as he disembarked Air Force One. Among those waiting to greet him was Butler coach Brad Stevens.

WRTV has video of Obama and Stevens -- still wearing glasses -- having a conversation alongside Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

"Yeah, they're old friends by now," the WRTV analyst remarked. "Brad Stevens travels in some pretty good circles when you consider the president is someone whom you've spoken to on several occasions."

Obama was among those who got caught up in the Butler story as the Bulldogs last season made their run to the national championship game against Duke. Even after Butler was defeated, Obama called Stevens and congratulated his team.

Stevens was able to take time to greet Obama at the airport after hiring a new assistant coach.

Loyola announced Thursday that Michael Lewis had resigned the assistant coaching job he had accepted less than three weeks earlier in order to join Stevens.

Stevens was able to hire away Lewis, who fills the position that opened up after Micah Shrewsberry left for Purdue.