October 21, 2014

Cohen staying put at Marquette

Seymour basketball standout Sandy Cohen wanted to pull his commitment to Marquette after coach Buzz Williams left the program for Virginia Tech.  Cohen has changed his mind after meeting with new Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski last week.

Wojciechowski drove to Seymour to meet with Cohen last Thursday and last night (Monday), Cohen  confirmed via Twitter that he will remain with the Golden Eagles.

The 6’6 forward averaged 21.3 points a game for Seymour this past season and was named to the all-state first team.

Report: Marquette hires Steve Wojciechowski

According to an ESPN.com report, Marquette has hired Duke associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski.

The 37-year-old Wojciechowski played four seasons at Duke from 1994 to 1998 and has been on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff since 1999.  Wojciechowski was promoted to associate head coach in 2008.

Wojciechowski replaces Buzz Williams, who left last month.  Marquette failed to make the postseason after finishing 17-15 this past season.

Marquette’s coaching search continues

Reports on Monday had Shaka Smart set to take the Marquette Golden Eagle head coaching job, replacing Buzz Williams, who left to take the Virginia Tech job.

Two days later, it appears Smart is staying at Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) instead of taking the job in Milwaukee.

Marquette could have more than doubled Smart’s salary, but he’s passed on other big jobs in the past and it appears he’s set to walk away from a move to Marquette.

It leaves Marquette with former UCLA coach Ben Howland, who they have already talked to.  They could also look to interview more coaching prospects.

Marquette recruit hasn’t been released from his scholarship

After Buzz Williams announced that he was leaving Marquette to take the coaching job at Virginia Tech, recruit Sandy Cohen (Seymour) tweeted Saturday night that he had been released from his scholarship.  But interim A.D. Bill Cords said that was not the case.

Cords told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Marquette’s all-sports policy states that no student-athlete receives a release following a coaching change until he or she has the chance to speak with the new coach.

Marquette is currently searching for Williams replacement and have reportedly already talked with former UCLA and Pittsburgh coach Ben Howland about the position.

Cohen is one of four incoming freshmen signed by Buzz Williams back in November.  All of the recruits were reportedly told by Marquette assistants to sit tight until a new coach arrives.

Marquette keeps NCAA post season hopes alive

The Marquette Golden Eagles (17-11, 9-6 Big East) kept their NCAA post

Buzz Williams

Buzz Williams

season hopes alive by holding off Georgetown (16-12, 7-9) 75-73 on Thursday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The win is Marquette’s fifth in their last six games.  Davante Gardner scored 26 points and Jake Thomas added a career-high 22 points in the victory.

AUDIO: Buzz Williams is a big fan of Jake Thomas :18

It’s a tough loss for the Hoyas, who are also in a battle for a spot in the NCAA post-season.  They fell for the 3rd time in the last four games.  Georgetown hit just 7 of 26 from the field in the second half.

Marquette has three games left in the regular season, starting with a trip to Villanova on Sunday.