Now that the news of Gary Williams' retirement has sunk in, more and more names have surfaced as possibilities to fill the Maryland basketball coaching vacancy. Mike Brey of Notre Dame looks like he will be off the market, but a fellow Big East coach is on it. Villanova's Jay Wright is expected to be "high" on the list of candidates to replace Williams, according to Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post.
Wright has been at Villanova for the past decade, compiling a 224-110 record since 2001. He has reached one Final Four, one Elite Eight and two Sweet 16s over that span, and has also made seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Prior to that, he spent seven years at Hofstra, going 122-85 and making two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Wright has a cushy arrangement at Villanova, but like many coaches, he certainly seems to be someone who would consider making the jump. A source tells Gary Parrish of CBS Sports that the job will be highly coveted.
"The right guy there will kill it," a source told CBSSports.com. "If they get the right guy, they'll win really big."