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Brandon Miller Taking Leave of Absence

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brandon-millerBrandon Miller the head coach of the Butler Bulldogs basketball team will take a leave of absence for medical purposes for an indefinite period, said Barry Collier the school’s athletic director on Thursday.

When asked by reporters Collier said he could not elaborate on any aspect of the leave regarding Miller including a timetable for his return to the team.

Collier said only that a leave of absence has been requested by coach Brandon Miller and that Butler University had granted Miller’s request.

He concluded by saying the university was not in any position to elaborate any further and requested that everyone respect Miller’s privacy.

School authorities announced that Chris Holtmann, who joined the Bulldogs coaching staff in the 2013-14 season, would become the team’s interim head coach while Miller was on his leave of absence. Holtmann was the head coach of Gardner-Webb in 2012-13 and led the team to 21 wins setting a school record for victories.

Miller, who is just 35, replaced Brad Stevens in July of 2013, when the then Butler head coach resigned to coach the Boston Celtics.

During his first season at the helm, Miller was able to lead his Butler squad to a 14-17 record. The team was 4-14 during its inaugural season playing in the Big East.

This season Butler returns Roosevelt Jones who was out injured last year. The team will have two out of the top three in scoring returning in Kellen Dunham who averaged 16.4 points per game and Kameron Woods who averaged 7.5 points per game.

The practice season begins on Saturday for Butler and the team will open its regular season against Maine on November 15. The Bulldogs will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis against North Carolina in Nassau, Bahamas on November 26.

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