The Marquette Athletic Department released a statement from Buzz Williams and Larry Williams earlier today, putting to rest the baseless rumors that Williams would be heading to SMU or any other school.
Below is the direct statement from the athletic department:
A growing number of speculative news reports concerning the future of Marquette men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams has led to the following statements from Williams and Director of Athletics Larry Williams:
“I want to thank all of our fans, alumni, students and administration who provided incredible support throughout our second consecutive Sweet 16 run,” head coach Buzz Williams said. “We are already looking forward to next season with a core group of returning players, while welcoming new recruits into the Marquette family. I am excited to build on our past success and we will continue to work to be the absolute best we can be. The future remains bright for our program, and our institution.”
Williams recently completed his fourth season at Marquette and led the program to its second-straight Sweet 16 appearance. The Van Alstyne, Texas, native is 96-45 in four years (46-26 BIG EAST) and MU has advanced to the NCAA Championship in each of those campaigns. The Golden Eagles were 27-8 overall in 2011-12 and 14-4 in the BIG EAST Conference, helping the squad to its best-ever finish since joining the league in 2005-06.
“Coach Williams is a good man, great coach and I look forward to working with him in the coming years” Director of Athletics Larry Williams said. “As we move forward, we want to make sure we stay focused on the rich history and core values that underpin this very unique program – among the elite in the nation – by continuing to emphasize our mission of remarkable success on the court and the classroom.”
Buzz Williams and Larry Williams will have no further comments relating to this matter.