Stevens was the man who coached Butler to back-to-back national championships. He put this team on the map and without him, who knows if the Bulldogs would be joining the Big East.
At the same time, the players played a huge role in all of that and they will play a huge role in the upcoming season. They are the ones putting the basketball in the hoop and all.
Losing Rotnei Clarke is huge, but this is still a very talented team that brings back everyone–except for the two leading scorers.
I doubt this Butler team will be as good as the one who won 27-games last season, but it will still put up a fight despite being in a very tough conference.
As for the future, Stevens leaving could mean bad news for the program. That has yet to be seen, though, so we will leave it at that for the time being.
The Big East will likely not be as good as it was last season, but there are still teams in it who can challenge for a national championship.
Going back to the question at hand, Butler will compete for a conference title, but people can expect to see a different team on the court in the 2013-14 season. Some of that has to deal with Stevens leaving and some of that has to deal with the top two leading scorers no longer being on the Bulldogs.