Per Brent Zwerneman of The Houston Chronicle, Texas A&M will not pay the buyout for Buzz Williams contract. He was their first choice to replace the departing Mark Turgeon, who left for the Maryland job, but the Aggies braintrust deemed him too expensive.
The Aggies reportedly would have had to pay $2.6 million to buy Williams out of his contract with Marquette, and though Texas A&M is willing to pay a lot for a head coach, they likely weren’t willing to pay THAT much plus fork over a new contract.
Other names that Zwerneman mentioned earlier as candidates include Nebraska’s Doc Sadler, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall, and Colorado’s Tad Boyle. No word on if any candidates will be added to the search at this point.
Marshall seems to be the best fit of those remaining three, but don’t be surprised if A&M athletic director Bill Byrne expands the search at this point. If the Aggies aren’t getting a marquee guy, they better get someone they really want.