The Texas A&M Aggies are reportedly letting Billy Kennedy go. In turn, speculation has already run rampant, with whispers suggesting Buzz Williams could leave the Virginia Tech Hokies to take the job.
Many have long presumed Williams wanted back in the state of Texas. Not only because he is a former assistant for Texas A&M, but he’s from Greenville. It seems like a surface-level connecting of the dots, but often that’s enough for someone to pack their bags for a new gig.
Remember, when Williams left the Marquette Golden Eagles for Virginia Tech, it left a college basketball loving nation perplexed. He had a stellar thing going with Marquette. Steady recruiting, consistent excellent play, and a reasonable set of expectations.
And yet, he chose to leave it to traverse the less forgiving Atlantic Coast Conference to join a program that wasn’t exactly synonymous with winning. He purposely added a hefty weight for his shoulders to burden.
The turnaround at Virginia Tech has been amazing to watch unfold. Williams has managed to turn the Hokies from an ACC afterthought into a perennial national power. It’s a testament to his ability as both a coach and a recruiter — and the largest reason why a school like Texas A&M would be willing to hurl an ungodly amount of money into his checking account.
That’s what some of this boils down to. Like everything else in the world, the Wu-Tang Clan were correct, as cash does rule everything around us. No matter the extension given to Buzz Williams, if the Aggies are willing to drop a dollar amount in front of him the Hokies can’t match, the logical choice is to snag the loot and run.
Williams, however, might not be viewing his next professional move through a logical lens. Again, and it can’t be stated harshly enough, he left an insanely stable job for the opposite of that. This wasn’t Jamie Dixon being forced out at Pitt to take the TCU gig. It would be closer to a theoretical scenario in which Mike Brey left Notre Dame to take the Vanderbilt job (or something).
Truthfully, there might be more questions than answers when it comes to what Williams does next. If he truly wants back in Texas, is this the state job he prefers most? Would he want to wait it out to see what happens with Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns? Did his college experience with Oklahoma City mean nothing?
Speculative, obviously, but maybe his time in college getting his master’s degree from Texas A&M-Kingsville sincerely meant that much to him?
Let it also not be forgotten that, you know, the other power programs in the country have noticed the excellent job Williams is doing with Virginia Tech. Openings at blue-blood programs like the UCLA Bruins might not only alter the size of money the coach is offered on the market, but how he views each job.
He can, certainly, just really enjoy being the Virginia Tech Hokies head coach as well.
Then there’s the obvious, but the unknowns. What does Williams value in a college basketball coaching job? Is it just money? Reasonable expectations? A combination of the two with a sprinkle of a superb relationship with the athletic department?
Only questions. Few, if any, clear answers.
There is one, however. Regardless of what happens. No matter how much money the Texas A&M Aggies are willing to give a single man. The sky could turn orange, scientists might ignore Jeff Goldblum’s warnings and clone dinosaurs, and Virginia Tech could be Williams’ actual dream job with us simply failing to realize it…
Buzz Williams is about to get paid.
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