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Big East coaches look like they’re staying put.

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Happy Monday Nova Nation! Tonight is the National Championship, an event that Villanova has become very familiar with to the delight of their fan base. A big part of that success has been head coach Jay Wright, who just completed his 18th season with the Wildcats. While Wright has achieved a great amount of success, especially since the Big East’s realignment, the rest of the conference has had trouble matching his achievements.

Part of the issue has been turnover within the conference. Since realignment, six of the ten schools have changed coaches due to either firings or departing for bigger schools with deeper pockets. Even the other three coaches that have been in place longer than realignment have only been coaching at their schools half as long as Wright.

But now for just the second time in six seasons, the Big East may be staying put with its coaches. Kevin Willard, who seemed to be in line to take the Virginia Tech opening, has withdrawn his name from consideration and will remain at Seton Hall. Chris Mullin, who’s seat was getting pretty hot after a late season collapse, was given an extension by St. John’s.

The efforts by these schools to hold on to their coaches is something I applaud. I may not necessarily like these coaches, but if they have the guy they want then they should absolutely do everything reasonable to hold onto them (please, no lifetime contracts). Too often coaches are let go to early, or schools cowtail to larger universities looking to come in and buy out a successful coach.

If the coach really wants to move on or if they truly aren’t working out, it’s best to let them go. But consistency is a key in college basketball, and that’s just as true among coaches as it is with the players. The coaching carousel is still turning, and we’ve probably got another month until things settle down. But for now the Big East’s coaches are staying put, and the conference will be better for it.

In other “news”, two Villanova commits had a big weekend, rumors about possible incoming transfers are starting to whirl around campus, and Zion Williamson is the AP Player of the Year. Enjoy!

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