Friday, May 22, 2009

Jay Talks To Sixers But Will Stay At 'Nova

After guiding Villanova to its first Final Four appearance since 1985, Jay Wright will return to the Main Line, despite speaking to Philadelphia 76ers regarding their head coaching vacancy. (Photo courtesy of Washington Post)

Jay Wright flirted with the NBA, but apparently the chemistry isn't strong enough for a second date.

After Wright met with Philadelphia 76ers president Ed Stefanski to discuss the Sixers' head coaching vacancy, the 47-year-old Wright decided to return to the collegiate game where he is one of the best coaches in the nation, ensuring Villanova that their celebrated leader will be back on the Main Line after one of the most successful seasons in Wildcats history, one that saw the team go to its first Final Four since its 1985 national championship, as well as Wright pick up his 300th career win, which came in 'Nova's Elite Eight victory over Pittsburgh.

"I love Villanova and it is where I want to be," remarked Wright after his brief tryst with Stefanski. "I am grateful to the Sixers for including me in the process." A number of candidates have already interviewed for the job, including former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan and Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau, who has long been regarded as a potential head coach in the NBA.

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