In the wake of the news that (now former) Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon has accepted Maryland's offer to replace the recently retired Gary Williams, there's been some mild to moderate concern expressed that Marquette coach Buzz Williams, a former assistant at A&M and Texas native, might be interested in the TAMU coaching job. Some of that concern, of course, is fueled by the predictable and incessant (and apparently sourceless) speculation of Badger Boy Andy Katz, who was quick to stoke the "Hey, Buzz at A&M would make a lot of sense" fires last night.
For m'self, and only m'self: I'm not convinced that I should be worried. At least not yet. Here's why:
The following is a list of the coaches that Texas A&M has employed since 1963:
- Shelby Metcalf (who coached there for 26 years until he was fired in 1990);
- John Thornton (who finished the year after Metcalf was dumped);
- Kermit Davis, Jr. who left Idaho to take over in College Station;
- Tony Barone, hired away from Creighton;
- Melvin Watkins, who came from Charlotte;
- Billy Gillispie, who jumped from UTEP;
- and Turgeon, who was lured away from Wichita State.