Re: The UNI/Butler Factor
I think there are a number of factors. I remember one of our coaches saying that the transition from mid major to the BCS was the toughest transition for him. I can't recall if it was TF or LE.
Here are three things I've identified as factors in the transition. You certainly would have to navigate all three of these and I'm sure more to win at this level.
Recruiting is certainly one issue. To be successful in the Big 12 or the other power conferences you have to recruit a core of the McDonald's talent. The competition in tough for these kids the egos are big and I think for allot of coaches it could be that they are not the kind of kids they have become comfortable with. But to win you have to play the recruiting game and go toe to toe with the Calipari's of the world. Some coaches just appear to be unwilling or unable to put that kind of effort into recruiting.
Distractions are another. I imagine when you go from the mid major to a BCS school the demands on your time for alumni functions, radio shows, camps, etc etc are much more than the demands on your time at a mid major school. That is time that is taken away from the X's and O's work.
Coaching itself. Once you recruit these high talent kids you have to coach them. With a big ego comes big drama that you have to deal with in one way or another. (I learned this from co existing with my wife and teenage daughter.)