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Marquette's Buzz Williams gets new contract, out of running for OU

MILWAUKEE — Marquette is rewarding coach Buzz Williams with a new contract after he led the Golden Eagles on their longest NCAA tournament run since 2003.
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Published: March 30, 2011
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MILWAUKEE — Marquette is rewarding coach Buzz Williams with a new contract after he led the Golden Eagles on their longest NCAA tournament run since 2003.

The school said Wednesday it has finalized a new deal with Williams, who led Marquette on a surprising run to the round of 16 before they were beaten by North Carolina.

The announcement presumably takes Williams' name out of the running for the head coaching job at Oklahoma. He had also been mentioned for openings at other high-profile programs. Williams was a relative unknown when he took over in the wake of Tom Crean's departure for Indiana in 2008, but he has gained national respect for leading Marquette to three straight NCAA tournaments.