Villanova head coach Jay Wright releases a statement today from his own twitter account in regards to the 76ers head coaching position.
Jay has long been linked to the 76ers as a potential head coach, and rumors swirled once the Sixers and Brett Brown parted ways. Although this may come at the dismay of many fans, it shouldn’t surprise anyone.
The two time NCAA champion really has no reason to leave Villanova. He is said to have one of the best jobs in the country, has experienced great success, and will go down as one of the greatest college coaches ever. The decision to withdraw his name from the 76ers head coaching search is a fair decision on his part.
The 76ers will now have to focus elsewhere for a potential head coaching candidate. With rumors they are interested in Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue, ex-Memphis head coach Dave Joerger, and in house candidate Ime Udoka the team will have plenty of quality candidates to choose from. Not to mention Lakers assistant Jason Kidd who Keith Pompey recently reported would be interested in the position.
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The next few months will be critical for the organization. A front office over haul, a coaching search, and fixing the roster issues is no small task, but Jay withdrawing his name today may have saved the 76ers some time.