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Marquette rewards Buzz’s Sweet 16 run with new deal

More coaching news to pass along: Marquette finalized a new contract with coach Buzz Williams, which will reportedly pay him around $2 million a season.

In three seasons, Williams has led the Golden Eagles to three straight NCAA tournaments, including a Sweet 16 spot this season. He is 69-37 overall and 32-22 in Big East play.

“I was given an opportunity beyond my wildest dreams 1,086 days ago and my entire family is extremely humbled and grateful by the opportunity to continue this journey,” Williams said in a statement. “Too much attention is given to my position, but I assure you, it’s the collective ownership of all of those who impact our program daily, who have developed the culture we currently have. I am thankful to all of those who work so diligently to make our program the success it is today.”

The university is delighted to keep him, too.

“The current direction of the program under his leadership fits perfectly into the mission and values of the University,” athletic director Steve Cottingham said in a statement. “Buzz has done a tremendous job guiding the program to successes both on and off the court and we look forward to that continuing for many years to come.”

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