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Buzz off...Williams leaves MU for Va. Tech

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When Marquette takes the court in hopes of returning to the Big Dance next season, they'll do so with a new head coach.

Word came seemingly out of nowhere Friday that Buzz Williams will take his Texas drawl, gravelly voice and bald pate to the bench at Virginia Tech.

It comes on the heels of Marquette having been shut out the post-season for the first time in 10 years, suffering through an inconsistent, roller coaster year.

MU was 17-15 this past season (9-9 in the Big East).

There were rumblings that Buzz's was departing at the end of each of the last three seasons.

That was a highly successful stretch which saw MU make two Sweet Sixteens and an Elite Eight in three consecutive years.

Williams was an assistant coach seven years ago when he was elevated to the top spot.

Tom Crean had made a hasty departure in the middle of the night to coach at Indiana.

The affable coach with the quirky fashion sense was 139-65 during his tenure.

He takes over a Hokie program that mustered just two wins in 18 conference games in the very tough ACC.

And the Louisville Cardinals are poised to enter that conference which reigned supreme in college hoops for decades.

Interim and longtime Athletic Director Bill Cords is familiar with the process and is already efforting to spackle that hole.

There were rumors that Cords may have precipitated Williams' departure.

Ben Howland, Gregg Marshall and Brian Wardle have surfaced as possible replacements.

As is happening with more and more frequency, the news broke first on social media, hours before a press release was issued by Va. Tech.

There will be a press conference on Monday making official the seven-year, $18M deal that Williams purportedly signed.

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