Basketball World Reacts To Jay Wright’s Retirement Announcement

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  • Jay Wright is reportedly stepping down as head coach of the Villanova basketball program
  • The surprising announcement has sent shockwaves throughout the college basketball world
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Jay Wright is stepping down as the head coach of the Villanova Bulldogs after 21 seasons, according to a report from college basketball insider Jon Rothstein.

The coach has won two national titles with the program, and most recently led the team to a Final Four appearance this past March. Over his tenure, the Bulldogs have won eight conference championships, five Big East tournaments, 34 NCAA tournament games, and 642 overall contests.

He will go down as one of the greatest coaches to roam the sidelines in college basketball.

Fordham’s Kyle Neptune is expected to take his place.

The news shocked many as he seemed to be in the peak of his career. Over the last six seasons, alone, he’d won a pair of national titles and made three Final Four appearances.

Neptune will have huge shoes to fill.

Obviously, this caused a huge reaction on social media.

Many wondered the reasoning behind the abrupt announcement. Others recollected on past memories and highlights of the Hall of Famer’s career.

The question that fans kept asking was, “What’s next?”

Was there a plan to move on to the NBA? There is a vacancy in Los Angeles.

Was he moving on to another college program?

Take a look at some of the initial reaction below.

Apparently, the answer is much simpler. He just wants to spend time with family. At 60 years old, he’s decided it’s time to move on to the next phase of his life.

When the shock settled a bit, folks were able to recognize not only Wright’s accomplishments, but the greatness we’ve been able to watch over the last few decades of college basketball.

Those weren’t the only posts mentioning him and Coach K. Others compared their drastically different approaches to retirement.

In the end though, most comments referenced Wright’s calm demeanor and coolness on the sidelines. Those three-piece suits were awesome.

Wright has always been a class act on the sidelines. He will certainly go down as an all-time great.