Part 2

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

2) His faith.

The Roman Catholic Church of the Gesu casts a daily shadow on the building housing Buzz Williams' office, the Al McGuire Center.

It is the parish home of Marquette University, the local parish of the Society of Jesus.

The last word of the previous sentence is Buzz's favorite subject matter. 

Though he is not Catholic, the very Catholic background of Marquette gives Williams the freedom to espouse his faith in the midst of doing his job, and he does it on a regular basis.

Here are three examples:

1) In Saturday night's postgame talk after Marquette upended Butler in a dramatic Round of 32 matchup:

2) After Marquette defeated Murray State in the 2012 Round of 32.  (8:48 in)

3) A 2008 Marquette practice inside the now-BMO Harris Bradley Center. (:55 in)

At Marquette, he has the freedom, even the encouragement, to share his faith with his players and the public.

At UCLA, a public school, that can't be so public. 

Some may say that has to do with a perceived liberal culture in that state.  It also may have to do with separation of church and state issues.

Whatever the reason, Buzz knows Marquette gives him the capability to remain true to his faith within the context of his job, because his bosses belong to an order of priests whose very name espouses the society of something Williams builds his life and his team around.

There may be no bigger motivation for Williams to stay at Marquette than that. 

Even if cash helps.

Of course, nothing should surprise us in the coaching carousel.  

However, those two reasons are perhaps the biggest to explain why Buzz wouldn't trade in Marquette blue-and-gold, and Al McGuire Court in sometimes-frigid Milwaukee, for UCLA blue-and-gold and Wooden Court in sunny SoCal.