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The internet pays tribute to Villanova legend Rollie Massimino

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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 | Philly.com
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 | Philly.com
After his national title at Villanova, he kept going, to Vegas and Cleveland and finally the NAIA.