NEW ORLEANS — The Villanova Wildcats’ Jay Wright has long been the don of the debonair among college basketball coaches. His rise to one of the sport’s elite coaches came accompanied by his stylish sideline suits, with no bold pattern left unworn.
As Villanova emerged as an A-list program and won national titles in 2016 and 2018, Wright’s outfits have become as much an identifiable trademark of Villanova basketball as the program’s devotion to pivots, shot fakes and making the extra pass.
On Saturday when No. 2-seed Villanova takes on the 1-seed Kansas Jayhawks in the national semifinal of the NCAA tournament, Wright won’t be wearing one of his hallmark suits on the sideline.