Marquette AD Larry Williams resigning, effective immediately

Marquette announced late Friday afternoon that its athletic director, Larry Williams, would be resigning immediately. Citing a pursuit of "leadership opportunities outside of Marquette," Williams leaves Marquette after two years on the job as the school's AD.

“We want to thank Larry for leading our student-athletes, coaches and athletic staff in our 16 competitive athletic programs for the past two years,” interim Marquette president Robert A. Wild said. “We appreciate Larry’s contributions to Marquette University, particularly for leading us into the newly reconfigured Big East and helping establish a unique partnership with Fox Sports. We wish him nothing but success in his future.”

The man who was Marquette's AD from 1987 through 2006, Bill Cords, will now take Williams' place for the time being, according to the school. 

“As I have worked closely with Bill Cords for many years, I have the utmost confidence that our athletic programs will be in good hands in this time of transition,” Wild said.

Marquette joined the newly formed Big East over the summer in all sports, and is currently 5-4 in men's basketball this season under Buzz Williams, who's in his sixth season at the school, the previous five finishing with an NCAA tournament appearance.

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