Official: Buzz Williams Named New Men's Basketball Coach

Whit Babcock announced the hiring of Buzz Williams on HokieSports.com. There will be a press conference on Monday, March 24 at 6:00 PM on the floor of Cassell Coliseum. It will be open to the public and is free. That's brilliant marketing.

ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman is reporting it's a seven-year deal is worth almost $18 million.

"I am extremely excited about welcoming Buzz Williams to the Hokie Nation," Whit Babcock said in a statement. "Buzz is a proven winner who has earned his way up through the ranks with a strong track record of success. I am confident he will energize our fan base and help make Virginia Tech Basketball competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I know he will recruit at the highest level."

"It's never easy to leave a great school like Marquette, where I spent seven wonderful years, six as the head coach," Buzz Williams said in a statement. "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."

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GO HOKIES!!!!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

To anyone wondering how much energy he will bring to the program.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Great stuff!!!...Great fit for the HOKIES!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

i hope to god he wears a maroon jacket and orange tie for some games

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

Maroon jacket, Maroon tie, Maroon Pants ... Hell #ALLMAROONEVERYTHING

I say Maroon Pants, Jacket, Shirt, Vest, shoes, orange tie, kerchief, white gloves.

Just when I think What's done crushing stuff for the day:
"We need to get people into Cassell. I know, let's let em into Cassell."

Awesome idea. I'm not sure how common it is elsewhere, but it's a far cry from how Weaver did things ("Let's tell the media we hired an assistant. That'll be fine.")

Big week for mens Basketball. I hope our incoming and current players like this move as much as the rest of Hokie Nation

West Virginian by birth, Hokie by choice

Super awesome. Whit reached coaching hire level 10! Now looking for buff of sweet sixteen.

Beamer, Bud, Babcock, and Buzz. Let's roll!!

Cheri
Virginia Tech alumna
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That's a lot of Bzzzzzz

Rob Peterson
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Class of 1999

Rob, where was he on ur list? I'm super stoked. Wonderin how this will mesh n ur the best TKP guy to provide some info.

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You have seen my write up at this point, but as for my list, he wasn't really on it because I wasn't aware of how unhappy he was with all the changes at Marquette. I mentally had done the $2.8 mil coach isn't going to take a $700,000 pay cut to come to a less established program and moved on. I was wrong and am happy for it.

Rob Peterson
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OOPPSS! sorry bud. it should be beamerBUDbuzzwhit. please let a loyal hokie slide on putting buzz before bud ....

here in Philly 'Whiz-wit" is the term for a Cheesesteak with cheese-whiz...
forming some sort of parallel for 'Buzz-whit"...
Ill get back to you on that.....

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Provolone wit for me.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

that's my reward for spending the afternoon washing cars instead of watching the NCAAs. Duke goes down .... AND Whit seals the deal in no time flat. Don't you believe that Buzz had to be one of, if no THE top choice given how quickly the deal was done?

We'll never know.

You have to chart a better path than the one that we were on, or else you stay with the one you're on.

Seems like the perfect hire.

Impacts:
Maryland (that coach is overrated, their fans are ACC fans, VT takes share)
Shaka (takes the next big time job he is offered)
UVA (yes they are killing it this year, but their style of play sucks... we will elevate over their snoooz style)
Greenburg ("VT upgrades from the Greenburg era"... okay not his quote but if he doesn't say similar, everyone will be thinking it)

Woooooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

and i just happened to buy a bottle of maker's on the way home. this is perfect.

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

Eh. I heard about this guy. For some reason I have a negative connotation with him. I'm not all that thrilled with this.

Step up, for sure. But.... eh

You're right. I just googled him and read up a little bit. Must have been thinking of someone else.

Sounds like a good deal. My Syracuse buddy just hit me up and thought it was a great hire. What's ltrepeter have to say?

Wow. Read the Greg Doyle articles on the other thread. Buzz is universally adored by his fellow coaches and communities he works in. Averages a 22-10 season. And Whit mustered a massive commitment from the administration for hoops. This is a massive home run hire.

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

didnt like the crack reference- it didnt work ... u like this one better? Go HOKIES!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

You were thinking of Buzz Peterson I'll bet...

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Buzz Peterson used to coach at Tennessee, Appy State, and recently at UNC-Wilmington. A lot of years ago, there was some speculation that we might try to hire him away from wherever he was at the time to replace.... Hussey? Stokes? I can't remember now, but it doesn't matter.

Wait, what?

Okay, I believe that he is a step up from coach JJ. But let me be the pessimist for a moment. What if the reason he didn't make the tourney this year is his lack of production in recruiting? He knows that the program is going to be going down hill, and he has a convenient way out by going to tech. I'm still skeptical.

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Umm they have a top 20 recruiting class this year.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Yeah, but if he's done so well with Marquette why leave? I know money always talks, but the business of coaching is so unstable.

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the big east is a shell of its former self, plus i'm reading the firing of their ad a few months back didnt sit well with him.

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

The Big East is dying, he apparently had a problem with their administration, and probably just wanted a change of scenery. People have said he has wanted out of Marquette for a few years now even when they were at their peak.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

they dont have an AD and the break up of the Big East is a good reason to jump ship.

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Wow replied immediately and 2 peeps beat me to it.

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Coach in the Big East or ACC.

Danny caught that ball.

Friends don't let 5 star friends commit to UVA.

I have inside info. - Whit

Let's reexamine where Marquette is located on a map. If you thought this was a bad winter...

You couldn't pay me enough to live around the Great Lakes year-round. Though visiting Lake Ontario in the summer is great.

The U invented Swag, but UVA invented Smug.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

Seems to me it's probably much more about the break up of the Big East. 5 straight tourney appearances - the talent doesn't just disappear... but the perception by the selection committee might.

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

What if the reason he didn't make the tourney this year is his lack of production in recruiting?

He made the Elite 8 last year with players he recruited exclusively (was his 5th year I think). Not sure what happened this year.

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Wow. A couple of the folks in this thread could give Debbie Downer a run for the money.

In my opinion, Buzz is an outstanding hire, and will prove it on the court.

YES THIS IS HUGE! TIME TO GET DRUNK!

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I love this hire. The more I read on him the more I like it. He is a great coach and an even better person. The stuff he has done for other people is incredible. The perfect kind of person for VT and our community.

C'mon folks, we all know that this is a solid hire? As always, a great night to be a HOKIE! Now, I need UCLA and SF Austin, Kentucky and Memphis to win and try and get my NCAA bracket right again.

SCHokie

Don't forget Coastal Carolina

Hokie Hokie Hokie high

I say this with full confidence, but I can't wait for Buzz's Bunch to make its way to Blacksburg. I can't imagine that he didn't negogiate it as part of his deal.

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

How funny us it that Jeff Goodman from ESPN tweets that Buzz is keaving because if the Big East TV package.....with Fox.

He might be right, but that's some under handed shit.

Did we really just sign away a coach with a salary of $2.8 million!? Whit must be dropping some real coin on this hire. By the way, Buzz Williams was "dream hire #1" on the coaching profile done a few weeks ago.

A Slam Dunk hire by Whit (I went on record as saying he would make this a real statement for the athletic dept.) Buzz is a proven winner and recruiter. All Hokie Basketball fans should be excited today!

"When you're green, you're growing. When you're ripe, you rot." -Ray Kroc

He was actually at the top of the list because he was done after Anthony Grant and I found it easiest to edit the post by putting him at the top....it just looked like we knew what we were doing. He is getting on average $2.5 mil a season from Tech. I expect there is some kind of increases annually that create that average.

Rob Peterson
VTCC
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Class of 1999

This is a great hire an outstanding recruiter,excellent coach and an even better person. There might still be hope for VT basketball. Babcock already deserves a pay raise. GO HOKIES !!!

georgebd

Already a member, but this means I am likely to pony up the $1,000 for a pair of season tickets next year.

WHO WANTS TO START THE RUCKUS!?

Uhhh, is Frank going to get a raise? I love the hire but I'm shocked no one has mentioned this yet.

It's been mentioned, but I don't think Frank is the kind of guy to demand more money just cause another guy got more. He knows he's appreciated at VT and he also knows that getting a few hundred thousand dollars extra won't make it any easier to run his program - in fact, it'll make it harder. If Frank really wants more compensation, he may ask for a few extra bucks in the recruiting/staff budgets.

Frank already knows he's getting a raise...that bonus after our 2015 National Championship. Plus it would have been a lot easier getting Isaiah Ford here if he knew Buzz was the bball coach.

“These people are losing their minds. This is beautiful.”

It should be safe to say that non of the current recruits to Tech should be wanting to ask for a release now.

Actually, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if Frank ponied up some money to help VT land the right guy.

This Whit Babcock dude. Brings back Thursday Night. Brings in an awesome coach ASAP. Me likey.

This hire is HUGE. Anyone doubting the quality of this hire is completely crazy. This is beyond amazing.

I became a Hokie basketball fan the first game as a freshmen when I got to see the Zabian/Jamon duo tear up the ACC. I was a fan ever since and went to almost every game. For those on this site that weren't there, our fan base was one of the loudest and craziest in the ACC from '05-'09. I can't wait to see that excitement back. We are not just a football school. We are competitive sports fans.

And to make it better it appears he is a really good person, which why I'm always proud of our school. http://www.cbssports.com/general/writer/gregg-doyel/24487387/reach-of-bu...

Also, quite a few butthurt Marquette fans out on the internets right now.
it's dangerous

Are you handing us a shark?

If so, well done.

If not, you need to get your mind right.

Are you just handing out Black Tip Reef Sharks or do you have others?

"I like to hit a home run early" ~ Whit "knows how to create a Buzz" Babcock

It's all I have in stock right now, but keep checking back periodically as I get new stock regularly.

great! I'd like to put in an order for a Bull Shark...let me know when one comes your way.

"I like to hit a home run early" ~ Whit "knows how to create a Buzz" Babcock

Where do u keep your tiger sharks, I would like a tiger shark

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How are this year's makos? Are they as smart and fast as last year's? I would like one of those, please.

Never make eye contact while eating a banana.

Shut up and just take the shark already!

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A friend of mine called yesterday and said congratulations. I had not yet heard of the announcement of the newly hired b-ball coach, so I responded by saying "Congrats for what". He informed we had just hired a good friend of his, Buzz Williams. I asked him two questions; Can he coach and can he recruit? His response was we will be back in the NCAA tournament in 2 to 3 years. That is all I needed to hear. It is a great day for the HOKIE NATION and the B--Ball program finally has a buzzz around it;)

I'm so excited. This is huge news for VT. Whit's done a great job so far

Brandon J. Carroll
Class of 2010

Now.. 3 years ago.. Cassell was packed and rocking.. I can see this happening again soon with Witt and Buzz now.
Kids, this is what it was like.. and this is what it will be like again:

man i still hate kyle singler

These people are losing their minds!

duke has at least one or two players that everyone hates every year, singler had that plus he looked like a retarded caveman.

Why do I have to stop hating at one or two players? Why can't I hate them all?

There is no Duke player that I will ever hate more than I hate(d) Kyle Singler. EDIT: except maybe Mason Plumlee.

remember that time we set off the richter scale jumping to "enter, sandman"?

For old-time ACC fans, Wojo was probably the most hated Dookie I can ever remember. HAAAAATED his floor slappin ways.

Never particularly cared for JJ Reddick, either.

"Does it get any better than Thursday Night in Blacksburg?" - Reece Davis

"Tea-bag Paulus!".... repeat....repeat

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My most hated Duke player has and always will be Sean Dockery. And then they rushed the court on us! We weren't even good and they rushed the court on us!

Rip his freaking head off!

Christian Laetner says "Hi".

Of course, being Christian Laetner, he says it with a totally condescending, douchey attitude, then tweets again about how this year's Duke team sucks and how awesome his Duke teams were.

Never make eye contact while eating a banana.

He's completely right. But all I can think about every time someone mentions Laetner is Thomas Hill crying after he hit that shot against Kentucky.

Shane Battier. 1999 National Championship game was the first basketball game I can remember watching. I was around six years old and my grampa was a huge UConn fan, so I was a huge UConn fan by default. Also both my parents went to UNC so I'm genetically inclined to hate Duke. Hell knows no wrath like that of a six year old toward the ugly but really talented player on the opposing team.

WHO WANTS TO START THE RUCKUS!?

Kyle singler eats babies. My duke fan roommate admits it now

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Heh, when they show Greenberg you see James Johnson holding him back...

Seth Greenberg who? Shaka Smart what?

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GOT 'EM. LOOK OUT SHAKA, VT WILL SOON BE GETTIN' AFTER YA'

Nice CBS interview with Buzz. He was well spoken, passionate and sportin the VT pin....
Nice job Buzz and welcome to greatest University on the planet!

SCHokie

I am absolutely LOVING how everyone around the country right now is so completely and utterly butthurt over this hire that they ALL immediately go to the "this is such a bad position... worst program in the ACC."

Worst program? We made one bad hire, and spent 2 seasons struggling. Before that, you'd have a hard time convincing me we weren't a top half of the conference program. Did we pour money into basketball? No, but we finished a few times with that first round bye in the ACC Tournament, we were a home win over Clemson away from winning the regular season in 2007, and we routinely shoved the ball up the bums of top ranked teams both at home and away. What, 3 wins over #1 teams in our first 7 years in the conference? Yeah, thats such a terrible program.

We're a sleeping giant that just awoke. Save and archive all this bitching and moaning over how we don't deserve a coach as good as Buzz. When we're rolling in 3 seasons and making national noise and knocking off the old guard powers in the conference, this current whining will only be that much more sweet to reminisce.

"Does it get any better than Thursday Night in Blacksburg?" - Reece Davis

Thanks for that. He's definitely well spoken, and I like that he calls Charles Barkley "Chuck".

I noticed that, too. I wonder if/when he visited the campus in the last ten days without being noticed. I've got to say, Whit Babcock worked on this for more than just a couple of days. It will be exciting tomorrow evening in Cassell. I'd say Buzz's intro will be accompanied by a particular 'Hokie favorite' at some point, and that his reception will dwarf that given to Bruce Pearl at the Auburn airport.

I look forward to a little showmanship, a big challenge to Hokie Nation as well as to his team, and a lot of background into what makes him so much of a bootstrap story. Just what we needed for our basketball program, only we never aimed high enough. Good thing Whit did!

Encouraging quotes about Buzz from Mark Berman's 3/22 article about Trevor transfer

Buzz has proven he can recruit and he can win. He brings a terrific work ethic.
----- TV analyst Len Elmore

I dont know that [Tech] could have hired a better fit.
Buzz may be the best recruiter of any head coach in the country.

If there's anybody that can turn that program and rebuild it, it would be Buzz.
---- Liberty University HC Dale Layer, close friend and former colleage. Williams worked under Layer at Colorado State. Layer later worked under Williams at Marquette.

Hes blue collar all the way. He will embrace the community.
Williams does an incredible amount of community service, including running a foundation for kids with special needs.
You guys got an unbelievable coach and man.
He has an incredible passion for what he does. His clothes are going to the cleaners after every game. He's going to sweat right through them.
He's a really good game coach; hes a better practice coach.
Player development is one of Williams strong suits, said Wainwright.
He's turned out a lot of guys that are in the NBA or had an opportunity to play in the NBA that werent necessarily household names [originally].

incredible recruiter (two of Marquettes freshmen this year ranked top 50 recruits in the nation).
He has ties everywhere.
---- Marquette assistant coach (two seasons) Jerry Wainwright and former HC at UNC Wilmington, Richmond and Big East member DePaul, where he coached against Williams.

gtofever

I just hope we can hold onto him over the long haul. He has every bit the opportunity right now to do for VT basketball what Frank did for VT football, and we now have a AD in place that is willing to put the money into the program to ensure it happens. I cannot wait to see what the next couple years have in place for VT basketball. I would not be shocked to hear we're considering a drastic makeover of Cassell over the next couple years to give the venue a bit of an edge. Whit seems like the kind of guy who can get things done, and thats awesome. I'm no longer dreading Beamer's retirement. I have full faith we're going to knock his replacement hire out of the park as well.

"Does it get any better than Thursday Night in Blacksburg?" - Reece Davis

He needs to fill Cassell regularly for 2-3 years before we should commit ourselves to a Cassell replacement. Or Whit needs to raise a TON of money for a replacement multipurpose building.

Just sayin, Greenberg came in and immediately started pressing to put his stamp on the program with the practice facility. Don't be surprised if Buzz starts to ask for some changes to Cassell before too long. If anything, it would be kind of cool to see the 'HOKIES' on the baseline wall painted over with the glaring eyes of the Hokiebird, much like how the Carolina Panthers has the Panther eyes in the endzone or Temple in their arena...

TempleCP

"Does it get any better than Thursday Night in Blacksburg?" - Reece Davis

Pizza and Giveaways....and its not even a game situation yet.

Rob Peterson
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Class of 1999

900 pizza boxes for students is what i heard from a friend

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"Exit Light. Enter night..."

Pizza, soda and a couple hundred or so shirts laid out.

Jim Weaver was overheard saying, "Sources tell me that people don't like free pizza and t-shirts."

Never make eye contact while eating a banana.

The college student in me is seriously regretting graduating before all this free pizza...

The Hokie fan is still pretty excited about Buzz, but look at all that pizza...

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Forget the Pizza, I want the shirt

Rob Peterson
VTCC
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Class of 1999

But...but...free pizza...

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Give a man pizza and you will feed him today. Give a man a t-shirt and you allow him a lifetime of putting laundry off for one more day.

Never make eye contact while eating a banana.

Darn it, why did I have to work this semester?

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