Reports: Texas A&M prepared to offer Buzz Williams its vacant head coach position

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- According to WDBJ7 Sports Director Travis Wells, Virginia Tech men's basketball head coach Buzz Williams rode the bus back with the team to Blacksburg.

Texas A&M has not yet reached out to Virginia Tech Athletic Director Whit Babcock in reference to Williams, Wells reports.


Following a heartbreaking loss in the final moments of Virginia Tech's Sweet 16 game vs. the Duke Blue Devils, head coach Buzz Williams is reportedly coveted by the Texas A&M Aggies for the same position.

CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein broke the news and said the Aggies have no other candidate.

According to Rothstein, Texas A&M is expected to offer Williams a multi-year deal, worth a minimum of $3.5 million annually. The deal would give Williams a substantial pay raise, as he is currently making $2.6 million. Williams is scheduled to earn $3 million next season and has a contract buyout of $750,000 for the 2019-20 season.

Other sources, per CBS Sports, says Williams could be offered more than $5 million with performance bonuses. If true, Williams would be the second-highest paid coach in the SEC behind Kentucky's John Calipari.

Williams would take over for Billy Kennedy who was fired after the Texas A&M's season ended. Kennedy led the Aggies to a 151–116 (.566) record and two trips to the NCAA Sweet 16.

It's a story worth following until the end, seeing as Williams is a native Texan and once coached at Texas A&M as an assistant under Billy Gillespie.

Since taking over in 2014, Williams coached the Hokies to a 100-69 coaching record. His fourth-seeded Hokies were 26-9 this season and made the program's first run to the NCAA Sweet 16 since 1967. This season the Hokies set a school-record for wins and Williams' 100th victory as Virginia Tech's head man came in a second-round win over the Liberty Flames.

After Virginia Tech's loss to Duke, Williams never mentioned the possibility of leaving, but spoke on how many lessons he's learned as a head coach and how "incredibly grateful" he has been in his five years in Blacksburg.

"It's been a lot of fun, lifelong relationships not only with the players but with our managers and student trainers," Williams said. "I think I've become a better parent of my relationship with these parents and seeing their life stories and then, obviously, being around their children every day. Thankful for how it's all transpired."

Whoever becomes Texas A&M's 22nd men's basketball coach in school history will inherit a team that finished this season 14-18 and dealt with a myriad of injuries throughout the season. Texas A&M also lost four of their five starters from their 2017-18 Sweet 16 team.