The Week In Review

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats coaches against the South Florida Bulls during their second round game of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Just Say No to 'Dougs' … The week began with Jay Wright shaking up his staff after last year’s disappointing 13-19 season, announcing that former Villanova great Doug West was leaving the staff to make room for high school and AAU coach Doug Martin. However, Martin's stay was short-lived after he resigned on Friday after discovery of a false claim in his resume that he played basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. ESPN’s Dana O’Neill broke the story after double-checking Martin's past history with former Phoenix star Jeff Nordgaard, a member of the UWGB from 1992-96. Daniel Martin of NBC Sports reports that "Martin had been considered a great fit for the Villanova job because of his connections to the WashingtonD.C. basketball scene, including coaching experience at powerhouse Paul VI (Va.) and with the Team Takeover (D.C.) AAU program. It was thought that Villanova would be in good position for two key prospects: 2013 guard Josh Hart and 2014 point guard Phil Booth, both members of the Takeover program. Now that he has resigned, it is unclear how their recruitment will be affected, if at all." Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News adds, "The person in Villanova’s athletic administration responsible for doing background checks should be in hot water, too." [Editor’s Note: All quiet so far after the announcement of John Shackleton, ‘Nova’s new strength coach for men's and women's basketball.]

Not for the Faint of Hart … Rob Dauster of NBC Sports reports that as Villanova finalized its agreement to hire Doug Martin, the Cat’s chances of landing 2013 Sidwell Friends guard, Josh Hart, seemed to be looking up. Interviewed at the Live in AC event, Hart told SNY.TV, "The [Villanova coaching staff] seem kind of genuine and that kind of thing. Also my 16s coach [Doug Martin] is going to be at Villanova so that’s never a bad thing. I know I will be taken care of with him there."

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly …CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman reported the results of two polls of college coaches capturing their collective view on basketball’s most underrated and overrated head coaches. The list of most underrated was led by Temple ’s Fran Dunphy, with the commentary "His teams always win. They are just like him. Quiet, unassuming. He's a good guy and just wins." Marquette ’s #5 Buzz Williams also made the list, with the commentary, "He's been there, what, four years? He's never had a bad team even though all his teams have been different because of graduation and injuries. He rubs some people the wrong way, but he knows what he's doing. He's really good." Coming in at #6 was John Calipari, saying "Sure, he always has talent. But he deserves some credit for being able to manage that talent. He may not be one of the elite game-coaches in the country, but when it comes to pushing the right buttons and recruiting, there aren't many better." CBS Sports’ Gary Parish reports that at the top of the CBS Poll’s most overrated coaches is North Carolina’s Roy Williams, with the commentary "He's won at Kansas and UNC. But who couldn't do that ... besides Matt Doherty?" Villanova’s Jay Wright came in at #5 on the most overrated list, with the quote from one coach, who said, "I'll tell you this about Villanova and Jay Wright. In all our prep over the years, he's the only coach we never prepared a scouting report for." [Editor’s Note: Sounds like a wake-up call for ‘Nova’s coaching staff!]

Xs and Os Are Overrated … NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster commented on the CBS poll naming the most overrated coaches. He writes, "The most interesting part of the entire column is the observation by Gary Parrish said that the most important part of being a head coach isn’t actual coaching acumen. It’s the ability to recruit. It’s the ability to put together a quality coaching staff. It’s the ability to motivate players. I agree completely. Talent aggregation may be the most important skill for a college basketball coach to have, but an elite understanding of the x’s-and-o’s is almost as important. You can win games based on talent alone and you can win games based on coaching alone, but there is a reason that Rick Barnes and Bo Ryan have the same number of national titles."

Walk For A Good Cause … The Ocean City Patch reports that former Villanova great, Chris Ford, Phil Martelli (St. Joe’s) and Fran Dunphy (Temple) and former Villanova coach and CBS commentator Steve Lappas, gathered outside the Ocean City Fire Department on Aug. 9 to promote the fourth annual Walk for the Wounded on Ocean City Boardwalk, which benefits wounded soldiers and their families. The three-mile Walk for the Wounded is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, on the Ocean City Boardwalk. To register, visit walkforthewounded.org or ochome.com.

‘Nova Makes Another Cut … Joe Soriano of FanSided150 reports that "2013 three-star Newark power forward Isaiah Watkins has narrowed down his list to Oregon State, Miami, Washington, Temple, Arkansas, Villanova, Princeton, Duquesne, Charlotte, St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island, Niagara, and Columbia, per Alex Kline. Watkins is a higher-line three-star recruit and the seventh best prospect in the state of New Jersey . The 6-8. 230 pounder is a strong rebounder He has extremely high upside, but he could stand to improve in several facets of the game; most namely defense. Even so, he has a lot of raw potential on the defensive side of the ball and has a good offensive game down low to couple with his solid rebounding ability."

EZ Ed Talks US Men's Olympic Basketball … Former Villanova great and current assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls, Ed Pinckney, gave a Skype interview to the Washington Post assessing the 2012 U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team. Click here to watch the interview video. [Editor’s Note: it would be great to have someone with Pinckney’s knowledge and insight back on Jay’s bench.]

Jay’s Tweets This Week… Here's a recap of Jay's tweets in an interesting news week: "Good luck to Ty Johnson and Asch Yacoubou as they begin their foreign tour with Global Academy in Belgium! Great to see Daniel Ochefu when he stopped by the office on Friday! Condolences and prayers to Coach Reid and his family on the loss of his son Garrett. Thanks to Doug West – a true Wildcat who loves #Villanova. We’ll miss him but he has some exciting basketball opportunities ahead! Nova Nation help us welcome assistant coach Doug Martin and strength coach John Shackleton to the family – two great young coaches!!! Great respect for the work USA Basketball men and women have done to reach this point - not easy!"

Not All Is Golden At Marquette … NBC Sports’ Raphielle Johnson reports, "This has been a busier off-season for the Marquette Golden Eagles than either they or their fans hoped for when it comes to off-court issues. Sophomore guard Todd Mayo was suspended indefinitely from the team and junior college transfer T.J. Taylor withdrew from school after just two weeks on campus. And now the program is looking into a possible violation of NCAA rules relating to recruiting, but is not thought to be major."

We Don’t Use Words Like That At Villanova … Associate Press reports, "The NCAA has publicly reprimanded Cincinnati basketball coach Mick Cronin for "profane and abusive language" toward a game official after the Bearcats' tournament loss to Ohio State . Ohio State made the East regional final in March by beating its cross-state rival 81-66."


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