Report: Texas A&M Expected to Offer V-Tech HC Buzz Williams Job After Duke Loss

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Head coach Buzz Williams of the Virginia Tech Hokies shouts against the Duke Blue Devils during the first half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Texas A&M is reportedly prepared to offer Virginia Tech head basketball coach Buzz Williams a multiyear contract worth $3.5 million annually after Duke eliminated the Hokies in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament Friday night.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported the update Saturday and noted the Aggies have "no secondary candidate" to replace Billy Kennedy, who was fired March 15.

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That’s likely it for Buzz Williams at Va Tech. All signs point to him taking the Texas A&M job. https://t.co/Rspl3sBdoA

Williams guided Va. Tech to a 26-9 record during the 2018-19 season, including wins over Saint Louis and Liberty during the first week of March Madness. All nine of the team's losses came against opponents ranked inside the KenPom Top 50.

The 46-year-old Texas native owns a 100-69 record across five years with the Hokies despite posting an 11-22 mark in his first season while rebuilding the program. He's led the team to three straight NCAA tournament appearances.

He previously served as head coach of New Orleans (14-17 in one season) and Marquette (139-69 in six seasons). He led the Golden Eagles to five consecutive March Madness berths starting in 2009, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2013.

Last week, Williams declined to talk about a potential move to A&M and said he didn't talk about the situation with his players before the NCAA tournament.

"Nothing," he told reporters about what he's discussed with his players. "Those are my guys. I know you don't get it, but those are my guys, and that kind of stuff I can't control. And relative to my relationship with them and my family, I don't think it's appropriate to talk about that."

The $3.5 million salary would tie him with Wichita State's Gregg Marshall for the 12th-highest amount in college basketball, per USA Today. He makes $3 million at Virginia Tech.

Texas A&M is coming off a 14-18 season after going 22-13 and reaching the Sweet 16 last year.