Jay Wright
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In a statement on Twitter, Villanova head coach Jay Wright has removed his name from the Philadelphia 76ers’ coaching search.

“Out of respect for our Villanova community and our 76ers organization, I feel the need to address speculation about the 76ers head coaching position,” the statement 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.”

Wright’s name emerged as a possible candidate when the 76ers fired Brett Brown on Aug. 24.

Wright has a record of 472-182 in 19 years at Villanova, winning two NCAA championships.