With the continued success of the Marquette Basketball Program, Buzz Williams’ name continues to come up in rumors surrounding other coaching vacancies in college basketball. Williams’ name has come up in speculation about jobs at Illinois (who is expected to hire Ohio Head Coach John Groce), SMU, and others.
Tuesday, both Buzz and Marquette Athletic Director Larry Williams issued statements combating the rumors.
“I want to thank all of our fans, alumni, students and administration who provided incredible support throughout our second consecutive Sweet 16 run,” head coach Buzz Williams said. “We are already looking forward to next season with a core group of returning players, while welcoming new recruits into the Marquette family. I am excited to build on our past success and we will continue to work to be the absolute best we can be. The future remains bright for our program, and our institution.”
“Coach Williams is a good man, great coach and I look forward to working with him in the coming years” Director of Athletics Larry Williams said. “As we move forward, we want to make sure we stay focused on the rich history and core values that underpin this very unique program – among the elite in the nation – by continuing to emphasize our mission of remarkable success on the court and the classroom.”
Both also said that they would make no more further comments on the matter.