An industry source confirmed Saturday that TCU administrators have been gathering information on Virginia Tech’s Buzz Williams, a native of Van Alstyne, in regard to the school’s search for its next men’s basketball coach.
The source was unsure if contact had been made regarding an interview, but that potential became more realistic after Virginia Tech fell to Brigham Young in Friday night’s second round of the NIT. Virginia Tech ended the season with a 20-15 mark in Williams’ second season at the school.
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte has said he will not comment publicly on the Horned Frogs’ search until a new coach is named. TCU announced the Monday dismissal of Trent Johnson after four seasons with a 50-79 record in Fort Worth, including 12-21 this season.
Williams, 43, is best known for his 8-5 record in five NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure at Marquette (2008-2014). He led the Golden Eagles to two Sweet 16 appearances (2011, 2012) and one Elite Eight appearance (2013) before taking the job at Virginia Tech.
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Williams, who played in college at Oklahoma City University, served on staffs at UT Arlington (1994-98), Texas A&M-Kingsville (1998-99) and Texas A&M (2004-2006) before making a name for himself at Marquette.