Much like they did in football last offseason, Texas A&M got their top man during the search to replace former basketball coach Billy Kennedy.

The Aggies hired former Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams, who served on Billy Gillespie’s A&M staff from 2004 to 2006.

The Texas native hasn’t been back in College Station at all since then, but he joined SiriusXM on Wednesday and discussed just how much things have changed in Aggie Nation since he was last there:

“The first time I came back to College Station was when they came and picked my family and I up and flew us from Virginia last Wednesday,” he said. “When we landed, we immediately went to the arena and the practice facility — there was not a practice facility when I was here — to have a team meeting. As we were driving, I was like ‘This doesn’t even look the same. There’s nothing that’s the same.’ And it’s hard for me, because obviously I can’t take any credit for the changes. …

“What this job was when I was here — and I was like the bottom assistant when I was here — and what it is now, it’s not even the same.”

Williams will be tasked with turning the Aggies into an SEC contender. Based on success he’s had at Marquette and Virginia Tech, though, he’s up to the job.