Turn around a cellar dweller from just two ACC wins in the previous season, to ten in your second year on the job, and suddenly your name pops up as a candidate for coaching vacancies. Talking heads, national writers and local columnists have all mentioned Buzz Williams for a job other than the one he currently has.
Hate to disappoint Va Tech fans, but logical move for TCU & Oklahoma State is to get Buzz Williams-quickly. TCU job fits like a glove.— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) March 14, 2016
When Kyle Bailey of Super Sports 101.7 FM asked Williams on Tuesday if he expected to still be the head basketball coach at Virginia Tech next season, Williams' verbose response offered little clarity into his future.
"I have no problem answering that question from you, or anybody else. I'm never going to dodge good things, and I'm never going to dodge bad things. This is what I would say, similar to how I answered the question earlier. The hat that I have to wear the best, the hat that I want my legacy as a human to be, is the hat that I wore as a husband and a father. And I think this business, maybe more so than most people realize, it's extremely fragile. Even though it's fragile, you're still dealing with people's lives. The administration, my arrival here, during my tenure here, everything has been great, but specific to how long I'm here and when I'm going to be here, and am I basketball-coach-Beamer, which I think is... please don't say that, I'd never want to be compared to Coach, I have to do what I believe is right for my wife, and for our four children. And I believe Virginia Tech, and whoever the rumors, I don't participate in any of that, but I don't want to participate in the rumor mill, I want to see if we have more magic left in this season. ... My whole focus is, can we beat Princeton. I think our team, our program, the new fans, the returning fans are deserving of all of our best efforts for that. Specific to my career, my answer will always be the same. In my heart, I have to do what I believe is right for my wife and my children."
Williams, who signed a seven-year, $18.2 million contract that included a rollover clause with the Hokies on May 11, 2014, offered a more succinct non-answer to Norm Wood of the Daily Press.
The rumor mill exists in-part because the subject of the speculation does not deny the claims at-hand. Williams had multiple opportunities to quash speculation that he would not be the Hokies' men's basketball coach next season, and passed on the chances.
That's where we're at.
However, it's futile to conclude whether or not Buzz will be back in Blacksburg next season based on his recent responses to the media. Williams marches to the beat of his own drum, and the only thing those non-answers guarantee are pageviews.