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Villanova Basketball’s Jay Wright talks about Hofstra beginnings and 2016 Championship

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Another great sit down with Villanova’s head coach.

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Happy Friday Nova Nation! I’m going to throw a not-so-hot take out there. I don’t think it’s possible to have a bad interview with Jay Wright. Villanova’s head coach was recently inducted into the Hofstra Hall of Fame, the Long Island school where he got his first job as a head coach. Around that time he also sat down for a one on one interview about the experience, his time at Hofstra, and his coaching career.

It’s no secret that I love hearing Jay talk about his approach to basketball and reminisce on the the experiences the sport has brought him. While he’s certainly been to amazing places and had some incredible moments, it’s clear what he treasures most are the people that this career has brought him closer to.

That was clear throughout this interview. And I’m not just referring to when he talks about former players, there’s a word he says over and over that makes it clear how much the people around Jay mean to him. Every time he’s asked about his career or what he’s accomplished, he never talk about the things he’s done. It’s always “we”. “When we took over the program” or “when we won the national championship” or “when we got the first NCAA Tournament bid”. Wright may be the catalyst for what he’s accomplished in his career, but he’s also the first to recognize that he couldn’t have done it without the people around him.

The interview touches on some great stories, including a few from Villanova. He talks about how (and why) Coach Massimino gave him a 1985 Championship ring, how Hofstra helped in the recruitment of his first Villanova class (Fraser, Foye, Ray, and Sumpter), and what it felt like to win the 2016 National Championship. I can’t recommend it enough!

In other “news”, a Connecticut rep wants UConn boosters to pay the AAC, this year’s annual piece on the Elam Ending, and catching up with Villanova legend Ed Pinckney. Enjoy!

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