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Jay Wright retires as Villanova head coach

Jay Wright in a suit

Vincent Carchietta – USA TODAY Sports

Another high-profile college basketball coach is calling it quits.

Villanova’s Jay Wright is retiring, the veteran coach announced on Wednesday.

Fordham coach Kyle Neptune, who served as a Villanova assistant from 2013 to 2021, is reportedly the choice to succeed Wright.

Wright’s decision is certainly unexpected, and there was nothing pointing toward this. The 60-year-old is fresh off leading the Wildcats to another Final Four appearance, the fourth of his career. Two of those runs ended with national titles. He departs Villanova with a 520-197 record as the school’s head coach.

Not that long ago, Wright was actually getting looks from the NBA. Less than two years later, he has decided to leave coaching, apparently for good.

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