Williams reaffirms commitment to Marquette

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Facing speculation about his future at Marquette, coach Buzz Williams has issued a statement that seems to reaffirm his commitment to the school.

Expressing excitement about next season, Williams says, "The future remains bright for our program."

Having taken the Golden Eagles to two straight NCAA tournament regional semifinals, Williams is seen as a rising star in the coaching ranks. He was linked to several schools' coaching searches a year ago before signing a contract extension at Marquette.

Although there appears to be a relative lack of high-profile job openings this offseason, recent media reports said SMU might try to lure Williams away.

Director of athletics Larry Williams calls Williams a good man and a great coach, saying he looks forward to working with him "in the coming years."