The news labored for a few days, but there is a media consensus Texas A&M is set to announce Buzz Williams as its next basketball coach. Virginia Tech players and brass have been notified. And now the Hokies are left to replace their, arguably, most successful basketball coach.
Virginia Tech confirmed the reports in a release shortly thereafter.
"Coach Williams made a very positive impact on the culture of our basketball program at Virginia Tech," Babcock said via release. "We appreciate all that Buzz and his staff did for our students and our program. We wish Buzz, Corey and their family the very best as they return to their home state of Texas.
"Thanks to our talented student-athletes, Coach Williams and his staff, Virginia Tech is now one of the most attractive jobs in the nation's top basketball conference, the ACC," Babcock continued. "I'm extremely confident that we'll be able to identify and hire a new head coach who can further build on the success our men's basketball program has achieved in recent years. Until we have our new head coach in place, we will have no further comment on our search process."
Buzz Williams is headed back to his home state — and back to a Texas A&M program he helped lead out of the basketball abyss 15 years ago: https://t.co/iJZ2oUaLip via @houstonchron— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) April 3, 2019
Williams makes $3 million annually at Virginia Tech while Kennedy made $2.45 million at A&M. The Aggies, who pay Fisher $7.5 million annually, are expected to boost Williams' annual pay to at least $3.5 million.
Sources confirm reports that are out there: Buzz Williams meeting this morning with team and administration. Believed to be delivering the news he's leaving the #Hokies to take the Texas A&M job.— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) April 3, 2019
Sources: Texas A&M is expected to hold a Thursday Press Conference to introduce Virginia Tech's Buzz Williams as its next head basketball coach. Williams is tentatively scheduled to meet with the Aggies' players on Wednesday night.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 3, 2019
Sources: Buzz Williams has officially told his team at Virginia Tech that he is headed to Texas A&M as the Aggies' next head basketball coach.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 3, 2019
Buzz Williams is a hell of a coach. Went to NCAA tourney 5 of 6 seasons at Marquette and has done what no coach has done at Virginia Tech — been successful. Buzz took Hokies to 3 straight NCAA tourneys. But has left 2 spots for lateral jobs. We'll see how long he stays at A&M.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 3, 2019
Buzz Williams delivering the bombshell news to his Virginia Tech players as we speak. He is off to Texas A&M. Worst-kept secret in college hoops for months now.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 3, 2019
The Buzz Williams saga is over. Headed from Virginia Tech to Texas A&M. It's almost as if there's a shelf life with Buzz at each spot. https://t.co/7RcKcJsvTl— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 3, 2019
Source confirms @JonRothstein's report: Texas A&M is planning to introduce Buzz Williams as its next coach on Thursday. I'm told the players have been notified and the target is a 4 p.m. CT presser. https://t.co/AICKHACCYC— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) April 3, 2019
Multiple sources have told CBS Sports that Texas A&M, with the help of boosters, is prepared to pay Williams more money -- easily north of $3 million annually -- than it's ever paid a basketball coach in its history.