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Michigan assistant and former Butler player LaVall Jordan has emerged as the front-runner to replace coach Brad Stevens and is expected to meet with Bulldogs athletic director Barry Collier in the next 24 to 48 hours, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com.
Sources told ESPN.com that Collier already met with current Bulldogs assistant Brandon Miller shortly after the news became official that Stevens was heading to the NBA.
Jordan, 34, has spent the past three seasons on John Beilein's staff at Michigan. He also was an assistant coach at Butler from 2003-07 before heading to Iowa with ex-Bulldogs coach Todd Lickliter and working under him.
Miller also is in the mix. The former Butler point guard was a rising star in the business before stepping away two years ago when he left his position as an assistant to Thad Matta at Ohio State. He returned to the industry a year ago when he joined Illinois as a special assistant to coach John Groce and was hired by Stevens this past offseason to fill the vacancy left when Matthew Graves because South Alabama's coach.
The new coach would replace Stevens, who left Tuesday after six seasons and two national championship game appearances to become the head coach of the Boston Celtics.
Jordan has played a huge role in the development of Michigan's guards over the past few seasons, working with Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., both first-round NBA draft picks in June, and Nik Stauskas last season.
Jordan was a starting guard at Butler from 1998-2001 and helped the program to three conference tournament titles and a pair of regular-season championships. He played in three NCAA tournaments in his four seasons with the Bulldogs.