Jay Wright’s retirement leaves Villanova Basketball, NCAA, with a void

bang.

The monosyllabic, utterly pure utterance that crowned Jay Wright’s arrival at the pinnacle of college basketball also serves as his starting line. Sudden, breathtaking, amazing.

That was the word Wright uttered on the sidelines with preternatural calm as Kris Jenkins pulled in what was arguably the most dramatic shot in men’s NCAA tournament history to give Villanova the 2016 national championship. Having since won another title and leading his fourth ‘Nova team to this month’s Final Four, his abrupt departure from the stage comes with a similar thunderclap. Nobody saw this coming.

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