Report: Buzz Williams Poised to Become Virginia Tech Men's Basketball Coach

In his press conference earlier this week, Whit said it might take a week, or until the Final Four to hire a new coach. He also cautioned against believing media reports. However, Pat Forde is a reliable reporter.

Dan Wetzel is one of the best in the game too.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman is reporting the news too.

Buzz guided Marquette to five-straight NCAA tournament appearances in his first five season at the school. Although the Golden Eagles missed the dance this season, his sixth at the helm.

There'll probably be more information to come, so hang tight. For now enjoy Buzz dancing right over West Virginia's logo.

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God I can't stop smiling a

WHO WANTS TO START THE RUCKUS!?

I just realized the irony of these two Abed gifs. Danny Pudi is the actor who plays Abed on NBC's Community, he is a Marquette alum and a hardcore Marquette basketball fan. He recently made a 30 for 30 short on Marquette basketball (it's really good). He is definitely not celebrating this news. This is probably more accurate
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WHO WANTS TO START THE RUCKUS!?

Playing the 'Neers will be lots of fun.

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.

Guess Whit found the AD checkbook.

Live for 32. Ut Prosim. Let's Go, Hokies.

I love it. Also- I'm a giant fan of the bald headed coach consistency.

Crying? There is no crying in Baseball...

One quick glance to TheSabre fully expecting them to be trashing the hire

Its actually the opposite. They're worried. Bigtime worried. The immediate reaction to the news was pretty much a unanimous "Oh shit"

That just made me even happier. And considering I just closed on my first house today, I was already in a pretty good mood to begin with. Now? Shit.... BEST. DAY. EVER. (but don't tell my wife that)

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

palpatine

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.

The news was actually broke to me by my wahoo buddy who said via text "Good coaching hire for you guys". I asked if it was Williams and he confirmed. I then promptly ended the conversation with "Go Chanticleers!" and headed over to TKP.

Where's the beef?

Congrats on the house by the way. Paying rent to the bank feels so much better!

Where's the beef?

Don't know why you'd check the sabre, I'd check a sports site.

Dear the rest of the NCAA,

Look out, because we are coming.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Well well....guess we can all move back t o talking about football now. Hope for good things. Buzz should keep the recruiting class in tact I would expect. Wonder if any of his recruits will try to follow.

Rob Peterson
VTCC
Charlie/Hotel Company
Class of 1999

Or we can talk about the potential of the next seven years under Buzz!

WHO WANTS TO START THE RUCKUS!?

Next 7 years? I keep checking my bracket to see if we've somehow appeared in this year's tournament. I'm really excited about this hire.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

I'm giddy. I ruled out Buzz as a possibility. Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine this hire and my dreams are pretty wild

WHO WANTS TO START THE RUCKUS!?

Seven years? Woah. It'll be interesting to see the financial details.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

This was my second thought. Love #Whitnesses. Needs to become a fan section along with #teamstinger

Rob Peterson
VTCC
Charlie/Hotel Company
Class of 1999

Seriously? I called that exact salary figure for our next coach in joe's thread from Monday...

http://www.thekeyplay.com/comment/125634#comment-125634

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that would actually be where we would go, but I'll gladly take all credit for predicting it!

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

I am in disbelief. This is significantly better than any hire I would have imagined a realistic possibility. Witt is crushing it.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

Buzz Williams' Marquette cell phone now has message that directs people to reach him at a 540 area code. It's a #Hokies office line.

Do you have said cell phone number? Would you be willing to share said cell phone number?

Live for 32. Ut Prosim. Let's Go, Hokies.

may i ask how you know this?

VT CEE Class of 2016

"Exit Light. Enter night..."

"I'm high on Juice and ready to stick it in!" Whit Babcock

"It ain't easy bein steezy"

#VanillaVick will lead us to the promise land

that was fast
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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.

I cannot stop watching this and all I can think is, "ATI Physical Therapy" sure got their money's worth out of that ad.

Never make eye contact while eating a banana.

Buzz just spotted at PK's (bar stop #15, - he's already doing his very first (official) "Blacksburg Crawl")
GO Buzz!!!

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

Mark Gianatto (@HokiesJournal) tweeted it

WHO WANTS TO START THE RUCKUS!?

The best hire Whit could have realistically made.

Not bad for a first move as AD, huh?

Seriously, everything you know about VT athletics just got turned on its head with this hire. We're now a school that won't let price eliminate us from contention of the top coaches. Up is down, red is green, Finkle is Einhorn

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

Our Babcock has huge balls...I love it

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

I just got the chills! What a freaking hire!! Good lord did this move fast and I couldn't be happier, we are all #Whitnesses .

"I'm high on Juice and ready to stick it in!" Whit Babcock

"It ain't easy bein steezy"

#VanillaVick will lead us to the promise land

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Clark Kellogg, Kenny the Jet Smith, and Sir Charles all super impressed with the hire. Sounded stunned.

WHO WANTS TO START THE RUCKUS!?

THIS LITERALLY JUST MADE MY DAY. LOVE BUZZ WILLIAMS. YES I KNOW I'M TYPING IN ALL CAPS. NO I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK.

I'm already planning on buying season tickets next year for my senior year for the first time since freshman year, well done Whit well done

Buzz is dancing, ESPN is in chaos.

Buzz

Live for 32. Ut Prosim. Let's Go, Hokies.

the name Buzz makes me think of this...

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

Woah! I can't believe it! What a difference in ADs!

Nothing against JJ and Seth, but Buzz is an upgrade. I like this hire. To create a louder Buzz, the hokies need a good recruiting class. Even Buzz will need time !

this is beyond awesome. Whit managed to poach a winning coach with postseason success away from Marquette, a school many would argue is above mid-major status

VT CEE Class of 2016

"Exit Light. Enter night..."

So much Hokies talk on 106.7 right now. Finally. Thank you Whit!

Holden and Bodie said we might have one of the best football/basketball coaching combos in the country. Said we are setting ourselves up for that 5th-6th spot in the ACC. Gotta say... Feinstein nailed it this AM

Let's have his introductory press conference at TOTS and celebrate!

Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hy!
Tech, Tech, VPI

me:

whit babcock:

"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)

I'm very happy. Can't believe it.

On a side note, I've always pulled for Marquette because they have my favorite unis in all of college bball.

I joked about this in a different thread, but I will repeat it here. I want to see our bball team hit the court wearing a Hokie Stone/Maroon/Orange version of their unis.

Never make eye contact while eating a banana.

...I no longer fear coaching departures on the football side. I am officially down with the #WHITNESS

Minority Report.

As you can see from his twitter, they wasted no time changing the Team Williams logo to Orange and Maroon. Love that he is on board and full steam ahead. The Team Williams logo looks like a VTV, we likely need to come up with something along those lines. Virginia Tech Vacuum defense, Virginia Tech Vision, or something else.

https://twitter.com/TeamCoachBuzz

Rob Peterson
VTCC
Charlie/Hotel Company
Class of 1999

Yeah, happy 77th birthday coach distant relative!

Where's the beef?

AWW YEAH. I have a gloriously big smile on my face right now.

because once didn't do it justice: AWW YEAH

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

I'd be shocked if any recruits or players transfer or decommit now!

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Signal boost for this. Literally everyone should read this.

This man is a true Hokie, even before he was hired.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Deal is worth almost 18 million.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Where did all this money come from? Does VT have a secret coffer we don't know about?

The wahoos have to fill the commonwealth cup with 10 mil in cash every time we win!

Where's the beef?

Because of abysmal season tix sales and attendance, we are leaving about $2m on the table every year if we are just competitive. Not to mention the indirect funds-suck on the Hokie Club.

Buzz's deal is likely graduated as well. Starting at 2 and ending higher than 3. That gets out from under Seth, JJ and Weaver buyouts.

Damn! I really to get into coaching...
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140209170904/survivor-org/images/3/35/Damn.gif

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.

Question: Any chance of James Johnson being retained as an assistant?

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

That would have to be Buzz's call but I cant really see it happening, I doubt that anyone from the current Men's staff will be retained but either way we are in much better hands.

Rob Peterson
VTCC
Charlie/Hotel Company
Class of 1999

If he wants too I guess. I just hope that he goes to wherever he will succeed because he definitely deserves it.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

The week before spring football and Whit has certainly created a buzz around the basketball program. I love that guy. I also loved finding out via text from a Hoo b-ball diehard who was thoroughly disappointed by the news.

Virginia Tech 42, #11 Miami 24 - Da U, still not back

Hoo sadness : icing on the cake.
hopefully the Chanticleers will keep that thought going tonight!
Go Chants!!!!

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

Whit has certainly created a buzz

Meme

Live for 32. Ut Prosim. Let's Go, Hokies.

From the official Tech Twitter Account

Rob Peterson
VTCC
Charlie/Hotel Company
Class of 1999

And it's official: http://www.hokiesports.com/mbasketball/recaps/20140321aaa.html

What jumps out at me:

The school will hold a formal press conference on Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. (potential for slight change), on the arena floor of Cassell Coliseum. The event will be open to the general public and students and admission is free of charge. The press conference will be live streamed on hokiesports.com. For more information on the press conference, please log on to hokiesports.com.

That is Whit Babcock going right for the Hokie Club jugular. He wants the fanbase in from the start on this.

Sorry no media allowed. (JK)

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

THIS IS HOW YOU ENERGIZE A FANBASE

Oh my dear sweet Jeebus. Whit is making me fall in love, and he's only been with us a very short time.

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

What is the current Marquette class looking like and are there any we would love to have join our current class?

-Stick it in

I believe they have 3 4* recruits

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/school/_/id/269

Two 4*
Three 3*

As for "stealing" them, they would have to request release from their National Letters of Intent, Marquette would have to grant it and not block signing with VT, then it would depend on how many scholarships are available for Tech. Not sure how the Rankin situation is working but that might be one, not sure how many more could be cleared. Also depends on whether all the current recruits stay, any that leave would open another spot, although I cant see them leaving with this coaching decision.

Rob Peterson
VTCC
Charlie/Hotel Company
Class of 1999

So... as a Seth G. apologist, I'll have to admit that I think this is a great hire. In the limited time I've had to research Coach Buzz, he seems like the right guy. The record is there, the off-court humanitarianism is there, the recruiting is there, the tourney appearances are there. And now he's here. #teambuzzbitches

I'm actually feeling not so terrible when the time comes for CFB to hang 'em up. #whithasaswingingdick

everyone ready for all the 'Buzz' cliches brewing in Blacksburg?!
all of which which I'm sure he has heard before:

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

Someone better with photoshop should change Buzz' outfit to be all Orange and Maroon. You have to imagine at least one student is going to create that same outfit in real life all Hokied out.

Rob Peterson
VTCC
Charlie/Hotel Company
Class of 1999

I'm a general and i will do it for next season

Mr. General, I want to apply for the Guard next year

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closer to basketball season we will announce when applications/tryouts will be. If you follow the cassell guard general twitter account you wont miss the info

Thanks man, the Cassell Guard's about to become a national name

WHO WANTS TO START THE RUCKUS!?

Not sure if I'll ever stop regretting not joining the Guard... Would've been nice to have another excuse to wear my Hokie kilt.

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

Homerun hire.

Walk off

I'm here for the memes, I just stay for the football.

da

Me doing this down the street when I saw on twitter about the hire while walking the dog.

Let the Good times Roll!:

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

haha i was doin the robot in my living room

"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)

great pull- Chapelle Show ... circa 2005. GO HOKIES!

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

Whit's the Sh#t!

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

Another Question: Is Buzz the first HOKIE coach ever to have made it to the Sweet 16? (Seth didn't). A huge step forward in that regard (and putting up a top-10 salary helps) GO HOKIES!

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

OK

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

Hell yes!

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Buzz apparently has more NCAA wins than the history of Virginia Tech.

I just made my first ever donation to the Hokie Club!! I encourage everyone else to do so if you haven't already.

Lots of good things can be done Whit donation moneys

(I also donated some to TKP since I'm in a giving mood :D )

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

This is what I Thought of when I saw the pop-up ESPN alert: