Jay Wright Was Doubting Himself During Nova’s Slow Start
By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When you look at Villanova’s final regular season record, and the top teams they defeated, it’s hard to believe they were ever considered a disappointment. After losing to Columbia, Alabama and La Salle earlier in the season, the NCAA Tournament seemed like a dream, and many were questioning whether Jay Wright was the guy for the job.
As it turns out, Wright was questioning himself as well.
“Definitely [I was doubting myself]. There is definitely a second where you have to look at yourself first,” Wright told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Tuesday. “When that happens, you have to look—the coach always has to look at himself, and he has to say, ‘What am I doing here that is responsible for how we’re playing?’ And maybe one of the things at that time, was myself as a head coach, I wasn’t patient enough with this young group. I was trying to put on them, the kind of urgency, that they weren’t ready to handle.”
Villanova opens the NCAA Tournament against the University of North Carolina on Friday night after finishing the regular season with a 20-13 record, including wins over Syracuse and Georgetown.
“At the beginning and middle part of the year, I don’t think anyone of us thought we were going to get to the tournament,’ Wright said .”I think if you asked us early in the year, ‘Would you sign up for the NIT?’ We’d , ‘Hell yeah, as long as we can keep playing and be in the postseason.’”