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 Kevin Willard, who seemed to be in line to take the Virginia Tech opening, has withdrawn his name from consideration and will remain at Seton Hall.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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Class of 2019
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The top performers in Southeastern Pa. boys' basketball.
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The Abington forward finished his career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,454 points.
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That sound you hear is the sigh of relief from Seton Hall and its fans in the wake of Kevin Willard taking his name out of consideration for the vacant Virginia Tech coaching job.
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Jamie Dixon reportedly out of consideration to be next UCLA men’s basketball coach | Daily Bruin
There will be no UCLA men’s basketball coach for the time being.
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St. John's basketball coach Chris Mullin will be staying with the school despite some persistent rumors to the contrary. Mullin has coached the Red Storm for four seasons
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St. John's athletic director Mike Cragg confirmed that the university is not looking to replace head coach Chris Mullin.
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March Madness and College Basketball
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Chris Beard has Texas Tech riding its defense to the Final Four of NCAA Tournament | The Inquirer
The Red Raiders coach has established a strong team that has dominated on defense this season, Tech will be seeing a similarly defensive minded team on Saturday night when it takes on Michigan State in a national semifinal.
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Student athletes representing the 2019 NCAA Tournament Final Four schools played a different styled rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” before Auburn played Virginia.
Texas Tech racing to get Tariq Owens ready for NCAA championship | New York Post
Tariq Owens’ dream season hit a speed bump when he landed on teammate Norense Odiase’s foot, and turned his right ankle in the second half of the Red...
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Tariq Owens limped to the Texas Tech locker room but somehow ended up running back onto the court.
Michael Avenatti accuses Nike of bribing high school basketball players | The Big Lead
Michael Avenatti has accused Nike executives of bribing high school basketball players.
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Zion Williamson is the eighth Duke player to win the Naismith Men's Player of the Year.
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The Red Raiders are 1.5-point underdogs to Virginia. The over/under of 117.5 points is the lowest for a title game since Villanova-Georgetown.