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Marquette head coach Buzz Williams reacts to a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against IUPUI, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette coach Buzz Williams said Saturday he was shocked by the sudden resignation of athletic director Larry Williams.

Larry Williams ran Marquette's athletic department for two years before he stepped down on Friday to pursue leadership opportunities outside of the university. Bill Cords, who served as Marquette's athletic director from 1987 to 2006, is returning to the post until a replacement is named.

Buzz Williams says he found out about the resignation after practice on Friday.

''I'm thankful for what he has done at Marquette,'' Buzz Williams said. ''I have great faith in (interim president) Father Robert Wild and Mr. Cords.''

The men's basketball team is the marquee athletic program at Marquette, but Buzz Williams said the department is more than just his team.

''Whatever leadership trends towards, it impacts more kids than just the men's basketball kids,'' said Williams, who coached the Golden Eagles to an 86-50 victory over IUPUI on Saturday.

''Whoever is the next president and athletic director, I don't want to be the exclusive spokesperson for the athletic department. We have to do what's right for the institution.''

School spokesman Brian Dorrington said university officials will be working over the next several weeks to set a timeline and process for hiring a new athletic director.

He said given the winning tradition for the basketball team, along with the success of the other teams at the university, there should be considerable interest in the position.

''When the time comes, we would expect there to be many high-caliber candidates,'' he said.

Dorrington said the athletic department is in good shape with Cords in charge.

''He built many of the athletic programs at the university,'' he said. ''He has done great work here.''

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