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Virginia Tech coach refuses to sweat the small stuff

When the television cameras focus on Buzz Williams, the Virginia Tech coach will probably be sweating. In fact, he may sweat right through his shirt Thursday night and turn it into a mop.

It just means he’s working.

“It's the silliest thing ever, right?” Williams said in KeyBank Center. “When you get your car fixed, does the mechanic sweat? You know the guy that builds your house, the carpenter? I think he sweats.

“I know it's funny, and I know I'm not the best-looking guy in the world, but I'm just working real hard. That's it, you know?”

Williams’ propensity for perspiration has become well-known. He went with the flow the first time the topic got brought up, but he felt the subject was all wet after the second question.

“It's beyond silly to me, to be honest,” Williams said. “Semi-offensive, right? All I want to do is help our guys as much as I can. If that means I sweat, who cares? That's kind of the way I feel.

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“So I just wear a vest so it doesn't become viral on Twitter.”

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, who is also in Buffalo, had a similar problem. He finally decided he’d soaked enough shirts and suits, so he turned to a team pullover. That’s not in Williams’ wheelhouse, at least not yet.

“Coach is a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Williams said of Huggins. “Coach can wear whatever he wants to wear. Where I'm from, the way I was brought up, you should always tuck your shirt in, and you should always tie your shoes, and if for some reason you ever get a job that requires a college degree, it's the most respectful thing to start out in a tie.

“If I had as much equity, and I never will, as coach Hugs, I might get that company that sponsors him with the pullover. I might do the same thing.”


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