Buzz Williams leaves Marquette
Mar 2, 2014; Villanova, PA, USA; Marquette Golden Eagles head coach Buzz Williams questions an official during the first half against the Villanova Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center. Villanova defeated Marquette 73-56. Image by Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
It looks like the tenure for Marquette basketball coach Buzz Williams is over.
Acording to a report from Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel:
Buzz Williams will leave Marquette to become the next coach at Virginia Tech, Y!Sports source.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) March 21, 2014
TODAY'S TMJ4's Lance Allan confirmed the news.
“It’s never easy to leave a great school like Marquette, where I spent seven wonderful years, six as the head coach,” Williams said in a Virginia Tech news release.
“But this is a special situation to work at a place like Virginia Tech. I’ve heard tremendous things about this terrific institution and this is an outstanding opportunity to build a program. My family and I look forward to becoming a part of this great university and community, and taking on the challenges associated in succeeding in the ACC.”
Williams will make a pretty penny with his new deal. Per ESPN's Jeff Goodman:
Buzz Williams deal is 7 years and in the neighborhood -- give or take a couple of bucks -- of 18 million.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 21, 2014
Williams coached MU to NCAA tournament berths in every season but 2013-14. He delivered the team to an Elite Eight and two Sweet 16's in his tenure.
Why did he go? Goodman reports:
Buzz Williams left Marquette for a variety of reasons, sources told ESPN. One of the biggest was new league/new TV package.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 21, 2014
In that package, according to the New York Times, Marquette makes $4.25 million/year in television revenue. It does not have a football program, so it does not make football TV revenue. MU previously did when the Big East had football schools.
MU interim athletic director Bill Cords released this statement Friday:
“We sincerely appreciate the contributions Buzz has made to Marquette University, both on and off the court. During his six-year tenure, he helped elevate the program to one of the most successful in the BIG EAST Conference. We wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future," Cords said.
“We have already begun a search for our next head coach. The dedicated commitment in support of, and investment in, its men’s basketball program gives us a great foundation to be consistently successful and we look forward to finding the right person who will make us stronger in the future.”