Jay Wright Won’t Consider Sixers’ Coaching Job

Jay Wright has taken himself out of the running in the Sixers‘ coaching search. The Villanova head coach posted a statement on Twitter this afternoon announcing that he plans to remain at the school and won’t be a candidate for the NBA job.

“Out of respect for our Villanova community and our 76ers organization, I feel the need to address speculation about the 76ers head coaching position,” it reads. “The 76ers have a great leader in (general manager) Elton Brand, outstanding young talent and an incredible opportunity for any coach to compete for a championship. As a lifetime 76ers fan, I have confidence they will bring in the right coach to build on what Brett Brown has developed. 

“I am not a candidate for the job. I am very happy and honored to coach at Villanova.”

Speculation involving Wright began when Philadelphia dismissed Brown as head coach last week. Wright has spent the past 19 years at Villanova, compiling a 472-182 record and winning two NCAA championships.

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