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Texas A&M's Buzz Williams named SEC Coach of the Year by AP

March 10, 2020
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A surprising rise in the Southeastern Conference basketball standings led to a not-so-surprising announcement on Tuesday that Texas A&M’s Buzz Williams was named SEC Coach of the Year by the Associated Press. 

The Aggies were picked to finished 12th in the SEC preseason polls. Yet, under Williams’ guidance, they finished the regular season 16-14. A&M is 10-8 in SEC play, tying South Carolina for sixth place in the conference standings.

The overachieving Aggies accomplished that despite ranking last in the SEC in scoring, assists, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and blocked shots.

Texas A&M is seeded seventh in the SEC postseason basketball tournament. They play Missouri on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

Williams was selected as coach of the year over Kentucky’s John Calipari, who led the Wildcats to the regular-season conference championship.

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Buzz Williams with his three seniors (L-R, Josh Nebo, Wendell Mitchell and Mark French) before the Aggies’ final home game against Arkansas on March 7.

The honor came as a surprise to Williams, who never was named conference coach of the year at New Orleans, Marquette or Virginia Tech. On Monday, Williams said he did not expect that to change.

“I don’t anticipate that I’ll win this year,” he said. “I don’t participate in that sort of thing.

“I think everybody has a different lens on who should be coach of the year. Everybody is entitled to that. I haven’t spent any time thinking about that.”

Plenty of college basketball observers did. The Aggies were 5-6 in SEC play following a 78-61 loss to Florida on February 12. But mirroring their coach with great physical exertion, the Aggies rebounded with consecutive victories over Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi State.

That led to several national college basketball writers expressing support via Twitter for Williams to be named SEC coach of the year.

Those tweets increased after the Aggies went on the road to upset then-No. 17 Auburn, 78-75. It was Auburn’s only loss on its home court all season.

A&M then avenged an early-season loss to Arkansas by capturing a 77-69 victory over the Razorbacks in the SEC finale.

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Texas A&M's Buzz Williams named SEC Coach of the Year by AP

33,663 Views | 28 Replies | Last: 8 mo ago by agent-maroon
sleepybeagle
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BUZZ!!!
jftx04
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Congrats Coach!!!! Congrats to the players for sticking to the plan!!!
KerrvilleAg
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AgFan84
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Totally deserved. I have followed the Ags since Shelby Metcalf. Buzz is the best basketball coach in 50 years at Aggieland. He is a tactician, a teacher, and an energetic motivator. Way to go Buzz!
Goat Man
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I thought BCG would always be my favorite basketball coach. I am so glad I was wrong. Buzz is awesome!
Tamu_mgm
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Absolutely well deserved. Can't wait to see what the future holds with you at the helm Buzz!
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Shagga
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Well deserved! I've learned more about basketball listening to Coach Buzz press conferences than I have any other experience. If course I only played in middle school so I started knowing next to nothing anyway, but in any event I can see why the players grow so much under his guidance. I think this will be the first of many COY awards for him.
sharpdressedman
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IMO, this is the "feel good" story of the year in Aggie athletics. Congratulations, Coach, on a lifetime achievement!
Olsen
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Gig 'em Buzz!
Houstonag
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Great job Buzz. Incredible coaching and management during a difficult first year. This is the standard for all coaches.
jim 78
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Buzz is a heck of a man and a heck of a coach! He earned it! Congratulations Buzz! The right man for the right job at the right time! Gig'em!
randy828
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WHOOP!
I was in the room here one day... watchin' the Mexican channel on TV. I don't know nothin' about Pele. I'm watchin' what this guy can do with a ball and his feet. Next thing I know, he jumps in the air and flips into a somersault and kicks the ball in - upside down and backwards... the dang (sc) goalie never knew what the hell hit him. Pele gets excited and he rips off his jersey and starts running around the stadium waving it around his head. Everybody's screaming in Spanish. I'
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"I don't participate in that sort of thing."

Stay the course and win a couple more in the tournament.

Well deserved and a great coaching job!

Don't follow Kermit's example!
Aggie12B
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Congrats Coach BUZZ!!! This recognition is very much deserved. Looking forward to continued success and growth.
aggieband 83
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Gig 'Em Buzz!
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SECTAMU#1
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Much deserved by a great coach. He displayed leadership in a so many ways for this team and they responded to his leadership and coaching in SEC play.

Congratulations Coach Williams!
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agwin12
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Well deserved!!!
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill
AggieTFA06
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So happy for Buzz. Hope the team continues to win.
To 1,000,000 touchdowns ...and beyond
The Chicken Ranch
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Well done coach! You deserved this!

Can't wat to see what the future holds.
ctownaggie
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Congrats Buzz!
JimmyFisher
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Guys... not to rain on Buzz's parade, but the SEC website says John Calipari won the SEC coach of the year.

https://www.secsports.com/article/28877731/sec-announces-2020-men-basketball-awards


EDIT:

Nevermind... this is the AP SEC coach of the year. Not the SEC selected SEC coach of the year.
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