His wife didn't.
"My wife (Melissa) was a very big part of this decision," Butler said. "They brought us up here, both of us together, and when we walked into this stadium, she was very, very impressed.
"As a recruiting tool, this facility is unbelievable. And she said this was a good move. And Dave showed us a lot of hospitality and so did coach (Frank) Broyles."
Hired on July 1, Butler, 37, met with the local media for the first time Thursday since accepting the job.
A native of Alexandria, La., Butler fills the spot on the staff recently vacated by Matt Deggs, who left for a similar position at Texas A&M last week. Butler, who spent seven years as an Alabama assistant during two different stints, takes over as the Razorbacks' hitting instructor, outfielders coach and recruiting coordinator.
"We feel real fortunate to have (Todd) because I didn't know if we could get him," said Van Horn. "I've had a lot of people calling and congratulating me on getting him and I think on the other side of it he's had a lot of people calling him saying it was a good move, you need to take that job. They know where our program is headed."
After serving as a Crimson Tide assistant from 1995-2000, Butler became the head coach at McNeese State, where he compiled a 90-83 record from 2001-03. In 2004, Butler returned to Alabama, handling much of the same duties he will take on at Arkansas.
"Number one, he can recognize a hitter when he's recruiting and he can also develop hitters," said Van Horn. "He's got a feel for the game and he's got a passion for coaching hitting and offense. And I feel we're along the same lines as far as running the bases and recruiting athletic-type kids."
Butler said he will eventually want to work his way back up to the head coaching ranks. But for now, being a part of the Razorbacks has his family feeling right at home.
"Definitely I want to be a head coach at a major Division-I program," Butler said. "I'm fairly young at this point and you just want to get around people that can help you achieve that goal. And getting back in this area is going to be a good thing for me.
"Being at Arkansas for a long time and helping this team win championships, that what it's all about. It's about this team and helping Dave Van Horn and this team and these players."
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