Posts for Villanova Category

Jay Wright Says He’s Not Going to the Knicks

Russ Joy - February 19, 2020

When Forbes put out an article a few days ago, reigniting the rumors of a potential match between the New York Knicks and Villanova coach Jay Wright, it sent shockwaves throughout the fanbase. Could he leave? Would he leave? Should he leave? The maestro himself began to panic in our Slack channel. Well, friends, it looks like you can breathe a sigh of relief:

Can I play devil’s advocate on this one? He hasn’t talked to the Knicks yet. He’s not going to the Knicks yet. I don’t expect the rumors to go away. As I wrote the other day, if I were Jay, I wouldn’t jump ship until a legit star was in place. You have to think that the Knicks’ new team president Leon Rose, who rose to fame as a power agent at CAA, will look to use his clout with players to attract free agents. Perhaps in the meantime the Knicks will look to hire an NBA retread to a short-term deal until they’re ready to roll out the red carpet for Wright.

Report: Knicks Interested in Villanova Coach Jay Wright

Russ Joy - February 17, 2020

Don’t tell the maestro, but those rumors of the Knicks’ interest in Villanova head coach are popping up again. Per Forbes, league sources say the Knicks’ new president Leon Rose, who has ties to South Jersey and the Philadelphia native, has his eye on Wright:

I’ve gone out of my way for years to jab our fearless leader with any rumors and reports of Wright leaving for the NBA. While Kyle Scott himself has pined for the Nova coach to take over for Brett Brown with the Sixers, I’ve often pointed out comments that Wright has made over the years about the atmosphere at Madison Square Garden, the history of the Knicks, and the New York market as a whole.

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Jahvon Quinerly’s Mother Not Happy With NCAA Eligibility Decision

Kevin Kinkead - November 12, 2019

Jahvon Quinerly was a five-star recruit who played one season at Villanova before transferring to Alabama.

After being originally denied an eligibility waiver by the NCAA last month, he spoke to the Committee for Legislative Relief on Monday, but had his appeal also denied. That means he’ll have to sit out until next year.

Bama Athletic Director Greg Byrne and head basketball coach Nate Oats released this statement in response to the news:

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National Champion Update: Eric Paschall Went Off Last Night in Warriors Win

Kyle Scott - November 5, 2019

Excuse me. I awake from my blogging slumber to bring you this very important National Champion update.

Eric Paschall, who was drafted 41st overall by the Warriors, behind the Sixers’ 33rd and 34th overall picks, Carson Edwards and Bruno Fernando (draft day swaps), put up 36 and 13 for the Warriors last night alongside fellow National Champion Omari Spellman (7 and 3 in 15 minutes). Paschall, who has turned in three 20+ point games, is averaging 16 and 4 over his first five NBA games.

Head coach and sometimes stance-taker Steve Kerr, however, veered a bit too close to the third rail for my liking, insinuating that Jay Wright didn’t know what to do with such a talent:

“Jay’s my guy.” I wonder if they get together and compare stories of championships and rings. Yeah, I bet they probably do.

Paschall, whom I never thought would catch on in the NBA let alone ever turn in a 30+ point scoring performance, becomes just the latest Wildcat from the National Championship squad (2018 edition– there are three) to turn in a standout NBA performance, leading some to speculate…

I thought about it, Gary. And I concur.

Thus concludes my trolling.

Nope. Now I’m done.

Villanova is Not the Big East Preseason Favorite

Kevin Kinkead - October 10, 2019

At least according to the coaches.

The annual preseason poll came out today and Seton Hall just barely scraped past Nova, who had been #1 in this poll for five years straight:

Nova has won the Big East regular season in five of the last six years while claiming four of the last five conference tournament titles.

And Kyle probably doesn’t want to hear it, but the Cats didn’t truly become an elite program until UConn, Syracuse, Pitt, WVU, and Louisville left the conference.

Time’s yours.

Would Villanova’s Mark Jackson Return to Southern Cal as Athletic Director?

Kevin Kinkead - September 19, 2019

Shout out to reader Bryan Knight for bringing this to my attention.

Here’s a clip from the Dan Patrick show today where the radio host discusses the possibility of Urban Meyer returning to the sidelines as USC’s coach. In the snippet, Patrick is sharing information received from a source, which includes a reference to Villanova’s Mark Jackson as well:

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Jay Wright Reportedly Turned Down Big Money UCLA Offer

Kevin Kinkead - April 30, 2019

Is Villanova a Philly school?

Just kidding. This story is about Jay Wright, who reportedly turned down a huge money offer to coach the UCLA Bruins.

That’s via Ben Bolch at the Los Angeles Times, who wrote an article titled “The back story on UCLA’s long, strange search for a basketball coach.” In the piece, he shares the content of a text message sent from UCLA senior associate athletic director Josh Rebholz to major donors after the program failed to land John Calipari from Kentucky.

Here’s the first of two relevant Jay Wright passages:

Rebholz told the donors in the message viewed by The Times that the search committee started with a list of more than 60 candidates that included some of the biggest names in coaching: Calipari, Stevens, Tom Izzo, Jay Wright, Billy Donovan, Mark Few and Tony Bennett.

And the second after the jump:

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Crossing Broadcast: The Only Six-For-Six Podcast

Russ Joy - March 26, 2019

Kevin and Russ bounce around the Villanova, Temple, and St. Joe’s news, 6-for-6 fans, discuss why the Sixers season feels like a chore, the Sixers’ depth issues and the postseason, Brett Brown’s job security, Monty Williams, the timing of the Flyers’ signing of Michael Raffl, Phillies banning tweeting during player/manager availabilities, a brand-new eSports arena, and answer Twitter questions.

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @Kevin_Kinkead @JoyOnBroad

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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