HOW JAY WRIGHT CAME TO VILLANOVA — AND WHY HE’LL NEVER LEAVE!

He is following in the footsteps of Philly Big 5 legends Kenny Loeffler of La Salle, Harry Litwack of Temple and Jack Ramsay of St. Joseph’s, all Naismith Hall of Fame inductees. This has always been a college coach’s town, with five Division I programs– Villanova, Temple, La Salle, St. Joseph’s and Penn– that have sent teams to the Final Four. Current Big 5 coaches Phil Martelli of St. Joseph’s, Fran Dunphy of Temple, Steve Donahue of Penn and Wright all grew up in the local area and made the pilgrimage to watch Big 5 teams play doubleheaders in the Palestra. For them, it is a tug of the heart strings.

“If you grew up in Philadelphia and you rooted for the Big 5 and you think you’re going to be one of those guys, it’s amazing,” Wright said. “That’s why it’s so emotional. You think think you’re going to be in that spot.”

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