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The internet pays tribute to Villanova legend Rollie Massimino

It wasn’t just ‘Nova Nation recalling the legendary coach.

Happy Thursday, ‘Nova Nation! Not going to lie, still digesting the Rollie news. Even had myself a big bowl of pasta and some wine last night to honor him, but it’s still a tough pill to swallow.

With that in mind, it gave me some joy to see all the people saying kind things about Coach Mass - and it wasn’t just Villanovans, or even basketball icons. Heck, Mick Foley - yes that Mick Foley - joined in.

Have a look, and share your favorites that you saw. Or just continue to share your stories.

And now, the “news.”

Jay Wright, Steve Lappas, John Calipari, others react to Rollie Massimino's passing | CSN Philly
The sports world reacted to the loss of legendary Villanova Wildcats basketball coach Rollie Massimino.

Former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino was a basketball lifer until his dying days | ESPN
Rollie Massimino coached Villanova to one of the greatest upsets -- and titles -- in college basketball history. But long after that 1985 victory over Georgetown, Massimino kept coaching, at unknown outposts, because he was a coach until the end.

Rollie Massimino was simply a great coach |
The man was complicated, and not universally loved, but there is no denying his abilities as a basketball coach.

Rollie Massimino, the coach who couldn't quit |
After his national title at Villanova, he kept going, to Vegas and Cleveland and finally the NAIA.