By Ray Boyd, Ian Bush
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two days after winning his first National Title, and two days before the city of Philadelphia says congratulations in the form of a parade, Jay Wright received a call from President Barack Obama.
The Commander In Chief reached out to Wright on Wednesday to congratulate him on Villanova’s National Championship win over North Carolina.
President Obama noted the impressive season that the Wildcats had and emphasized to Wright how exciting the title game was, ending in a buzzer beater from Kris Jenkins.
“President Obama was cool as usual,” Wright said. “He talked about the game — ‘It was the best NCAA final ever.’ He obviously watched the game and was very insightful about the game and very complimentary.”
The president also told Wright that he looks forward to congratulating the Wildcats in person and invited the team to the White House, which has a fan in the Wright house.
“I told him my wife has a crush on him,” Wright said. “He said ‘make sure she comes, I want to take a picture with her.'”
It has become tradition for Obama to fill out a bracket each year for March Madness. This year, the president had Villanova going to the Elite Eight and losing to Kansas. But there was no needling from the coach to the president about that prediction.
“No I didn’t. I was very respectful.,” Wright said. “I’m a supporter of his. I think the world of him. I was very honored to talk to him.”