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Virginia Tech's Buzz Williams, LSU Interim Coach Tony Benford Both Connected To Texas A&M Openings

A closeup of Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams pointing.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - FEBRUARY 10: Head coach Buzz Williams of the Virginia Tech Hokies motions to his team in the first half during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on February 10, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)

The No. 3 seed LSU Tigers are currently five minutes into their Sweet 16 match-up, led by interim head coach Tony Benford. After that, the second game in Washington, D.C. features Buzz Williams and Virginia Tech against Duke.

Both could be on their ways out the door after this season, depending on what happens through the rest of the NCAA Tournament. According to Yahoo college hoops insider Pete Thamel, both could be heading to the same place.

Williams has been at the center of persistent Texas A&M rumors, even as his Virginia Tech Hokies thrive in March. He is a Texas native, and served as an Aggies assistant from 2004-06.

The school fired Billy Kennedy just two years removed from a second Sweet 16 run during his tenure.

According to Thamel, if Buzz Williams takes the Texas A&M job, Tony Benford could join his staff.

From Yahoo:

As far back as last season, Buzz Williams has had an open invitation to return to Texas A&M. It's the job where he'd always been forecasted, and it appears close to an inevitability he'll return to the place he served as an assistant from 2004-06. (Don't be surprised if LSU interim coach Tony Benford ends up on his staff.)


The most obvious part that this search is laser-focused on Williams comes from the fact it has been completely silent otherwise. No interviews. No candidate buzz. Only Buzz. (Sampson is the only other half-hearted name.)

Benford serves on Williams' Marquette staff from 2008-2012, before a five year tenure as head coach at North Texas.

Now, if Buzz beats Duke tonight, and the Hokies make it to the Final Four or even farther, it may be hard to leave. Even more could be at stake for Benford, who could be in line for the LSU job with a deep run, assuming Will Wade's time with the Tigers is done amid the wiretap scandal.

Either way, the Aggies have shown they'll invest in their programs, and basketball may be next up.