Buzz Williams Powers Ahead With the Plan

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One year into his tenure, Buzz Williams has his gaze squarely set on the future. (photo by Ivan Morozov)
One year into his tenure, Buzz Williams has his gaze set squarely on the future. (photo by Ivan Morozov)

One year into the Buzz Williams regime, he’s full steam ahead with his reshaping of the basketball program.

By all accounts and interpretations, Year One of the Buzz Williams regime was about establishing culture. Play hard, sacrifice, give it your all. But pretty soon, it will start to be about winning, because only winning can turn banging your head against a wall — which no one wants to do — into breaking through.

Hokie fans and the entity known as “Virginia Tech Basketball” know all about banging their head against a wall. They’ve been doing it since a long run of relatively successful basketball ended after the 1985-86 season, when the Hokies received their fourth NCAA Tournament bid in eight years under Charlie Moir.

Since then? Two bids in 30 years.

One of those bids was in 2007 under Seth Greenberg. Tech got close to making the Tournament several other times under Greenberg, but instead felt that familiar sensation of banging their head against a wall, as the NCAA selection committee snubbed three Hokie teams that finished fourth in the ACC (2005, 2008, 2011), and even one that finished third in the ACC (2010), for good measure.

But when I talk about winning and breaking through, I’m

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