Report: Jay Wright Won't Leave Villanova For Knicks Job

New York Said To Have 'Strong Interest' In Head Coach

Alec Gearty
February 17, 2020 - 8:09 pm

Villanova men's basketball head coach Jay Wright may have ignited speculation regarding his future when he reportedly put his house on the real estate market for $2.5 million. Wright, however, isn't leaving Villanova and certainly isn't en route to Madison Square Garden.

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According to The Athletic's Dana O'Neil, Wright is "not going anywhere" — the Knicks included. 

O'Neil's response can be traced back to Forbes' report on Monday, connecting Wright to the Knicks gig. 

Knicks brass reportedly had "strong interest" in naming Wright their next head coach, according to Forbes' Adam Zagoria. The Knicks' previously inquired about prying Wright away from Villanova in 2018, but the 58-year-old remained adamant about staying at the university. He's served as Villanova's head coach for nearly 20 years. 

“It’s not that you’re not interested, I just don’t want to leave,” Wright told The Post in 2018. “It’s the Knicks. You love the Garden, you love New York City, you love the Knicks. I just know I don’t want to leave Villanova.”

Wright earned roughly $3.8 million and was the eighth-highest paid NCAA coach (highest-paid in Big East) in 2018, according to USA Today

The Knicks fired head coach David Fizdale in December. Mike Miller was named Fizdale's successor on an interim basis. New York won 13-of-33 games under Miller at the All-Star break. 

New York had maintained a short list of candidates to replace Fizdale next season. Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Thibodeau and Mark Jackson are three names linked to the Knicks, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania