Buzz Williams has a great thing going at Marquette. The 39-year-old head coach has a 96-44 record during his four seasons in Milwaukee, but would he be willing to leave to head back to his home state of Texas to coach? The SMU Mustangs certainly hope so.
SMU is trying to replace recently-fired head coach Matt Doherty, who had a record of 80-109 in in six season. With the school’s basketball team headed to the meat-grinder that is the Big East in 2013, the Mustangs need to up their game or they will get buried.
So would Williams actually leave Marquette to head back to his home state and run a program centered in Dallas? Given what he has built in Milwaukee, I don’t think so. The Golden Eagles were one of the nation’s most consistent teams this season and were firmly inside the top 15 for much of the year.
That said, SMU is committed to rebuilding its basketball program to compete in the Big East, and the school seems willing to put a lot of money on the table to bring in a big name head coach.
The hometown ties will pull Williams towards SMU, but at this point I think the only opportunity he would leave Marquette for would be the Texas job.
While SMU will likely push hard to land Williams, I think he’ll turn the job down in the end.
Other likely candidates for the position are Scott Cross of Texas-Arlington, Brooks Thompson of Texas-San Antonio, Pat Knight of Lamar, Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing, former Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler and former Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel.