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Analysis: Here's why Buzz Williams wouldn't leave Marquette for UCLA

CREATED Mar 25, 2013

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  • MUMEN - Marquette University men's basketball coach Buzz Williams watches the TV while awaiting hearing they were awarded a No. 3 seed in the East Region of the NCAAÊTournament and will play Davidson in the first round on Thursday. The gathered during NCAA Selection Sunday as the Golden Eagles receive a berth into the 2012 NCAA Tournament at the Union Sports Annex at 16th and Wells St. on the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee on Sunday, March 17, 2013. - - Photo by Mike De Sisti / MDESISTI@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mike De Sisti

  • MUMEN - Marquette University men's basketball coach Buzz Williams talks to his son, Calvin before hearing they awarded a No. 3 seed in the East Region of the NCAAÊTournament and will play Davidson in the first round on Thursday. The gathered during NCAA Selection Sunday as the Golden Eagles receive a berth into the 2012 NCAA Tournament at the Union Sports Annex at 16th and Wells St. on the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee on Sunday, March 17, 2013. - Photo by Mike De Sisti / MDESISTI@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mike De Sisti

  • MUMEN - Marquette University men's basketball coach Buzz Williams holds his daughter, AddysonÊafter hearing they awarded a No. 3 seed in the East Region of the NCAAÊTournament and will play Davidson in the first round on Thursday. The gathered during NCAA Selection Sunday as the Golden Eagles receive a berth into the 2012 NCAA Tournament at the Union Sports Annex at 16th and Wells St. on the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee on Sunday, March 17, 2013. - Photo by Mike De Sisti / MDESISTI@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mike De Sisti

  • Marquette head coach Buzz Williams talks with Chris Otule during the first half of their game against Notre Dame Saturday, March 2, 2013 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis. MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mark Hoffman

  • February 16, 2013 MU mens basketball vs. Pittsburgh at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. MU coach Buzz Williams (center) gets excited. MICHAEL SEARS/MSEARS@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Michael Sears

  • Marquette head coach Buzz Williams is upset with a traveling call during the second half of their game against Seton Hall Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis. MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mark Hoffman

  • SECOND OF TWO SEQUENCE -- Marquette head coach Buzz Williams gets out of the way while Seton Hall's Kyle Smyth is fouled by Marquette's Junior Cadougan during the second half of their game Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis. MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mark Hoffman

  • Marquette head coach Buzz Williams is upset with a traveling call during the second half of their game against Seton Hall Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis. MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mark Hoffman

  • Marquette head coach Buzz Williams shouts to his team during the second half of the game against Wisconsin at the Bradley Center on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. Ernie Mastroianni photo. Image by Ernie Mastroianni

  • October 12, 2012 Photographs from Media day for the men's basketball program at Marquette University. Head coach Buzz Williams takes questions from the media after his formal remarks. MICHAEL SEARS/MSEARS@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Michael Sears

  • October 12, 2012 Photographs from Media day for the men's basketball program at Marquette University. Head coach Buzz Williams did one on one interviews with media. MICHAEL SEARS/MSEARS@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Michael Sears

  • Marquette head coach Buzz Williams directs his team during the first half of their game against Jacksonville Monday, November 28, 2011 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Image by Mark Hoffman

  • Marquette University men's basketball coach Buzz Williams speaks Tuesday about six members of the team who were ticketed for being in a nightclub while underage. READ MORE | MICHAEL HUNT Image by Mike De Sisti

  • Marquette men's basketball coach Buzz Williams watches as Marquette receives a bid in the NCAA Tournament. Image by Mark Hoffman

  • mumen12, spt, lynn, 1.-Marquette University head basketball coach Buzz Williams gives his team encouragement during a first half come back against Cincinnati at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI Saturday February 11, 2012. Photo by Tom Lynn/TLYNN@JRN.COM Image by Tom Lynn

  • Marquette University mens basketball coach Buzz Williams shouts to players in the first half enroute to a 76-52 win over St. John's during the mens basketball game between Marquette and St. Johns at the Bradley Center, Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Photo by Rick Wood/RWOOD@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Rick Wood

Scroll through the images above for Journal Sentinel photos of the many and varied faces of Buzz Williams during his tenure at Marquette University.

MILWAUKEE - The coaching change scuttlebutt has begun in the college basketball rumor mill, and the first names and place include Marquette's coach and an even more historic blue-and-gold-clad college basketball than Marquette, UCLA.

The Journal Sentinel's Michael Hunt says, accurately, that the "Buzz Williams-to-UCLA chatter has begun."

"If UCLA wants him, how could he say no?" Hunt, JS's Marquette beat writer and an exceptional columnist, asks.

Here's two monstrous reasons:  Click here for the second reason.

1) Cash.

UCLA is a program so rich in history that it only raises banners for national championships at Pauley Pavilion.

After firing coach Ben Howland, UCLA is looking for the next John Wooden, or the closest facsimile possible.

Marquette University already pays him one of the top college basketball coach's salaries in America, at least $2 million or more per year.

UCLA could probably offer that much, or more.

However, that money-strapped state school may have a huge issue with raising a basketball coach's salary when state government is already in deep financial trouble.

Additionally, if UCLA jacks up the price, Marquette will probably match or surpass it.

Marquette's best possible public relations campaign is a deep NCAA tournament run.  It knows that.

More people hear Marquette's name across the country during the tournament than they do in the rest of the 365 days of the year combined.

You can't buy such good PR, unless you spend it on a coach. 

Consider the incredible rise in donations to the university when Marquette reached the Final Four ten years ago.

That isn't out of the question with Buzz Williams as coach.  Marquette will spend the money to make sure a chance of that happens.

But in Buzz's mind, there's a bigger reason than cash to stay at Marquette.  Click here to read about it.