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March 24, 2014

VT Introduces Williams

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The scene tonight at Cassell Coliseum resembled a pep rally and in a way it was, instead of the typical press conference.

With a few thousand fans in attendance, covering one of the sideline stands, Virginia Tech welcomed its new coach, Buzz Williams in a big way, complete with the pep band and the dance team. And shortly after Williams made his way on to the court, his first ever time being in Cassell Coliseum, Williams led the students and fans in attendance in a few cheers.

First, a giddy Williams yelled, "Let's go!" and got the response of "Ho-kies!" from the crowd. He then began the spirit yell, which was finished by the crowd.

It's a new chapter for Hokies basketball and Williams was eager to make a good first impression.

"I think it's a sleeping giant," Williams said. "There's a lot of work to be done.

"What I can tell you, without promising you anything, is you'll have my heart, you'll have my soul, I'll work at it every single day. And I'll do right by this institution, I'll do right by this department, I'll do right by our program and I'll also do right by alumni and those that are in the community that support Virginia Tech."

Below is Williams' introductory remarks at tonight's press conference, preceded by remarks from Whit Babcock, Virginia Tech's director of athletics.


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