Jay Wright’s retirement leaves Villanova, NCAA basketball empty


The one-syllable utterance, solid and pure, that capped Jay Wright’s rise to the top of college basketball also serves as his starting line. Sudden, breathtaking, surprising.

That was the word Wright said on the sideline, with unearthly calm, as Kris Jenkins landed the most dramatic kick in NCAA men’s tournament history to hand Villanova the 2016 national championship. Having won another title since then and taken his fourth ‘New team to the Final Four this month, their abrupt exit from the stage arrives with similar thunder. Nobody saw it coming.

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