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Villanova assistant Kyle Neptune linked with Fordham

The job isn’t vacant (yet), but it was only a matter of time before the Villanova assistant started getting head coaching looks.

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It’s coaching carousel season, and ESPN’s Jeff Borzello has a comprehensive read ($) of the open jobs in college basketball, as well as the jobs that may end up open in the near future.

Villanova fans are used to dealing with Jay Wright’s name appearing in these stories, and in the last two seasons has lost Baker Dunleavy to Quinnipiac and Ashley Howard to La Salle. Kyle Neptune might be next in line to move on to a bigger stage.

Here’s the relevant piece from Borzello (the entire article is on ESPN+):

Fordham: Jeff Neubauer was something of an odd fit when he was hired at Fordham back in 2015, and the Rams have steadily declined since his first season, when they went 17-14. They’d lost 15 of 17 games before Wednesday’s victory over George Washington, and they’re likely to finish at the bottom of the Atlantic 10. Mid-major head coaches such as Stony Brook’s Boals and Vermont’s Becker or up-and-coming assistants such as Louisville’s Luke Murray, Villanova’s Kyle Neptune and Arizona State’s Rashon Burno could get looks here. A wild card could be Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Ed Pinckney, a Bronx, New York, native.

Again, it’s important to note that Fordham still has a coach, so this is non-news if I’ve ever seen it. But it does make sense that Neptune would be a candidate at a place like Fordham.

Neptune has spent the majority of his coaching career at Villanova but has plenty of N.Y. roots. He’s a native of Brooklyn and has served as an assistant at Niagara and Hofstra as well. He’s got plenty of connections in the area and is regarded as a quality recruiter in the Tri-State area.

At the very least, Neptune may be a name to keep an eye on if any mid-major jobs open up in the Northeastern cooridor this offseason.