It’s well-known that Buzz Williams showed up nearly two hours late to his media session following the West Virginia loss. He addressed that incident following Saturday’s win over NC State, and we thought you might be interested in the transcript.
Note: to see a video of his comments, fast forward to the 4:33 mark…
“I think this will be the first time in my career as a head coach – this is my ninth year – I’ve ever said anything before you guys pigeonhole me on the questions you have prearranged. I do want to say this, I mean this as genuine as possible. The buttons on Twitter, I don’t know what they all are. Every morning after I get through working out, I send a Tweet, and I know how to compose it, I know how to send it. And then I let my wife hit the button that has all of those mentions.
So this is maybe not the right thing to say. I took the job because of Whit [Babcock]. And I met Whit in Chicago. And then the next day Whit was in Milwaukee. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the country, but where I grew up, when people hired you to haul hay, you were responsible to the man that hired you to haul hay. And I know that being on time with the media is a portion of my job. I mean that respectfully. But I want to tell you that to some level what you say and what you think has no impact on me, because my responsibility is to the children and the families represented in the locker room first. Second, my responsibility is to win, to my boss.
And for those of you that I found out were talking in a very negative way about me, that really is offensive to me. And I want to say that I tried to be as accessible and blunt and transparent with the media as I can. The reason I was late was not because I was having a meltdown with our team. If I was having a meltdown with our team, I would have said I had a meltdown with our team. So I apologize for being late, and I mean that genuinely. But if you ever think that being here is more important than talking to my children or my responsibility to the guy who offered me the job, unequivocally the answer is no.
And I hope that doesn’t offend you or the other media around the world who are watching this, but it’s just in my heart what I believe to be right. I’ll answer any questions you have.”