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What should Villanova name after coaches Massimino and Wright?

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Villanova’s two most accomplished coaches should have their names enshrined on campus... but where?

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Happy Monday Nova Nation! It was a long weekend for yours truly as I got to see one of our fellow Villanova fans get hitched this weekend. The result was lots of love, liquid refreshment, and of course an intense debate with Nova Raptor on why the Elam Ending would save or destroy college basketball. Ahh, good times.

But back to the links, and with a big pool of days to pull from, I’m starting with... UNC? Last week it was announced that North Carolina will be naming its court after head coach Roy Williams. He’s obviously deserving, winning three National Championships with the school he once played for. This news is leading today’s links because it sheds a light on what I can only describe as a good problem to have.

Many schools, heck most schools, will never have a hall-of-fame level coach lead their basketball team. Villanova has had two in Jay Wright and his mentor Rollie Massimino. Often times a coach of that caliber will have the team’s court or stadium named for that beloved figurehead of the program.

But at Villanova, the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse is the only prominent basketball facility named for a member of the program. The Davis Center and the Finneran Pavilion are named for the donors that made them possible, not the coaches or players that made Villanova Basketball as popular as it is today.

All that said, the issue is simple: I don’t think Jay Wright would let his name be put on anything before Rollie Massimino’s. Let’s be frank, Jay Wright is the most accomplished coach in Wildcat history and deserves recognition by the school. And not just anything, something big (like the court) should be named after him. But for how much Massimino meant to the school and to Jay specifically, I don’t think the current coach would be onboard for getting recognition before his mentor.

But outside of the court, what else is there that can be named? The building and practice facilities already have sponsors and naming rights, and we’re probably decades away from another basketball based construction project. So how do we appropriately honor both of these men and what they’ve given the fans of Villanova Basketball? That’s the question I leave for you to answer today Nova fans, it’s a tough one.

In other “news”, Paschal and Booth will be keys for Nova, Villanova is good at shooting from anywhere, and a 2nd Swider could be heading to the main line. Enjoy!

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