Donnie Walsh will not be in Indianapolis tonight, much to the dismay of his two 125-pound dogs, Jack and Murph, but he will be pulling for the Butler Bulldogs in their NCAA Final Four game against Michigan State.
"I love Butler, and I’ll tell you why," Walsh said. "I was there when they brought in a coach, and he was great. Then he went somewhere else, and they brought another coach in, and he was great, then they brought in a coach that became the AD. I’m telling you, every time they hire a coach the guy is a great coach. And they get real great players from the area, and they are always good. They are always good. I think they got a great program, and they don’t get enough attention."
Walsh actually incorporated elements of the Butler Fieldhouse and the old Madison Square Garden (where he once played, representing Fordham Prep in a High School All-Star Game) into the design of Conseco Fieldhouse, something you can read more about in a blog item I have posted on the ESPNNewYork site.
Go ahead and give it a click. You'll even glean a little nugget of information regarding the job security of the person Chris Mullin would presumably replace 14 1/2 months from now if Walsh truly wants to groom Mullin as his successor.