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Report: Buzz Williams likely to stay at Marquette

From Staff Reports Modified: March 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm •  Published: March 27, 2011

Buzz Williams, who is thought of as Oklahoma’s top choice for its vacant coaching position, is likely to remain coach at Marquette and could sign a new deal with the school prior to the Final Four next weekend, sources told Sunday.

Williams, who has led Marquette to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances since taking over for former coach Tom Crean, is on the cusp of a deal worth over $2 million per year.

Sources told the website that Williams was a leading candidate for the OU job, but that Williams wasn’t sold on the job despite being a Texas native. His buyout at Marquette, which is $3.8 million, was another reason cited for his lack of interest in leaving for the Sooners.

The website also reported that Williams has been working with a six-year rollover deal that paid him $1.6 million last season.