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Actions speak louder than words. Jay Wright just shouted from the mountain tops.

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Happy Wednesday Nova Nation! It’s no surprise that Villanova fans love Jay Wright. He’s the most successful coach in the history of the school, and that includes winning two National Championships. And of course, the feeling is mutual. Wright has always said how much he loves the Villanova community, and his job as the school’s head coach. But sometimes it’s nice to FEEL the love rather than just hear about it. Well this week, we found out just how much Wright loves Villanova: about $4 Million dollars worth.

It came out this week that in an attempt to lure Wright to the west coast, UCLA offered to double his $3.9M salary. I know that if someone offered to double my salary (which spoiler alert, isn’t 7-figures), I’d be packed up and gone already. But Wright has built a comfortable life, has family ties to the area, and truly loves his job. You’d have to in order to turn down that kind of money.

We’ve been saying for years that Wright would only consider leaving Villanova for the NBA, and this latest news confirms it. It also demonstrates that the allure of the NBA isn’t about the money for Wright, it’s about the challenge of succeeding at the highest level. Hopefully Wright can scratch that itch with USA Basketball at the 2020 Olympics, because I think I speak for the entire Nova Nation when I say that I want Wright to coach at Villanova until the day he decides he won’t be coaching anymore. And that day isn’t coming anytime soon.

In other “news”, the transfer market is still open, lots of recruiting updates, and Kyle Lowry is headed back to Philly for Game 3 against the Sixers. Enjoy!

Villanova Basketball

The back story on UCLA’s long, strange search for a basketball coach | Los Angeles Times
It took UCLA over three months to find a new men's basketball coach. The Bruins had their sights on several A-list candidates but were turned down. In the end, Mick Cronin was their choice. They offered to double Jay Wright's salary and he still turned them down.

UCLA offered to double salary for Villanova head coach Jay Wright | Yardbarker.com
UCLA tried hard to bring in as big of a coaching name as possible to replace Steve Alford, even doing what they could to dangle mega money in front of top candidates. In fact, one report says they offered to double the salary for Jay Wright to get him to

Report: UCLA offered to double Jay Wright’s salary to become its head coach | The Inquirer
According to the Los Angeles Times, UCLA was ready to throw as much money as it needed to to get Wright to coach the Bruins.

Recruiting

Illinois Basketball: Jabri Abdur-Rahim receives Illini offer | Writing Illini
The Illinois basketball team offered an NBA player's kid on Monday. Jabri Abdur-Rahim now holds an offer from the Illini.

Duke Basketball: Jeremy Roach represents best bet to replace Tre Jones | Ball Durham
Assuming Tre Jones is NBA-bound after next season, the top candidate for the next Duke basketball starting point guard seems to be 2020 target Jeremy Roach.

JayhawkSlant.com | Twitter Tuesday: R.J. Hampton, Armando Bacot, Jalen Green
Don’t count out Kentucky or North Carolina, as both remain in the hunt for Jeremy Roach, but yes, this one does seem to be more of a two-horse race between Duke and Villanova.

NBA Wildcats

Villanova Basketball: Kyle Lowry's playoff issues persist | Section 215
Despite advancing to the second round, ex-Villanova Wildcats point guard Kyle Lowry's playoff struggles have persisted with the Toronto Raptors.

College Basketball

College basketball transfers 2019: Kerry Blackshear, Hausers, more | SI.com
With the coaching carousel over and the NBA draft ahead, several key players are still looking for a new home this offseason.

Is Transferring College Basketball Out of Control? | CLNS Media
Tim Miles has more of time on his hands now. He dishes out his thoughts on the biggest problems facing the NCAA.

Former N.J. stars key in basketball recruiting corruption trial | NJ.com
Former Hudson Catholic All-American Jahvon Quinerly (Villanova) and former Roselle Catholic All-American Naz Reid (LSU) were both named in wiretapped conversations as the intended recipients of money to influence their recruiting decisions in the trial of former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson.