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Report: Seton Hall's Kevin Willard A Lead Virginia Tech Target

Kevin Willard points from the sideline during an NCAA Tournament game between Seton Hall and Wofford.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - MARCH 21: Head coach Kevin Willard of the Seton Hall Pirates calls out instructions in the first half against the Wofford Terriers during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

After weeks of speculation, Buzz Williams is leaving Virginia Tech for Texas A&M. It is a return home for Williams, a Texas native who previously coached on the Aggies staff in the mid-2000s.

That leaves a huge void in Blacksburg. Luckily, it is not one that athletic director Whit Babcock couldn't anticipate.

According to college hoops insider Jon Rothstein, Babcock has been working on background to prepare for Williams' departure.

Per Rothstein, a top Virginia Tech candidate with Buzz Williams' departure is Seton Hall's Kevin Willard.

Last time the job opened, Tech went with Williams out of the Big East. That worked out pretty well.

Rothstein indicates that could happen once again.

Willard is 169–126 in nine years at SHU, and has reached four straight NCAA Tournaments. In 2016, the Pirates won 25 games and captured the Big East title during the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Interestingly, another one of the major names rumored to be connected to the Va. Tech job for a few weeks is Williams' successor at Marquette, Steve Wojciechowski, the former Duke star and assistant coach who could return to the ACC. He's mentioned in a list of candidates by The Roanoke Times, as is Willard.

The Hokies job should be a pretty attractive one, with what Williams was able to do in five years. It sounds like Babcock may be able to fill this one quickly as well.