Former Villanova coach Jay Wright is joining CBS Sports as a college basketball analyst

Former Villanova coach Jay Wright, who won two national championships as coach of the Wildcats, stunned the college basketball world in April when he announced his retirement from coaching. But Wright, who departed after more than two decades with the Wildcats and more than three decades of coaching, isn’t straying too far from college basketball this season.

Wright will join CBS Sports as a college basketball analyst for the upcoming 2022-23 season, it was announced Thursday. Wright will return to the Final Four where he led the Wildcats in 2009, 2016, 2018 and 2022 as a studio analyst for CBS and Warner Bros. Discovery Sports, with all 67 games televised on TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. Wright will also work as a studio and game analyst for CBS and CBS Sports Network during the regular season.

“Years in the NCAA tournament and seeing how these guys work, the product they put out, how fun it looks, what a great job they do… I always thought if I had the chance I would like from.” learn from these guys and from the best,” Wright said. “The opportunity to do this full-time is really exciting.”

Wright is scheduled to make his debut for Penn with Villanova on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, December 7th. His first appearance on CBS will be Saturday, Dec. 17 as a studio analyst for CBS Sports’ triple header, which pits #2 Gonzaga against #20 Alabama before the annual CBS Sports Classic, which features #1 North Carolina Ohio State and No. 4. Kentucky takes on No. 8 UCLA.

“I’m looking forward to having fun with it,” Wright said. “I want to be good at it. I’ve seen these people do research. I see how well prepared they are – people like Bill Raftery, Clark Kellogg, Charles Barkley – and I have to learn how to do the same.”

Wright, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021, coached Hofstra from 1994 to 2001 and Villanova from 2001 to 2022 and won 642 career games, including NCAA tournament championships in 2016 and 2018.

“Jay Wright is synonymous with excellence and class, and we’re thrilled to welcome one of college basketball’s greatest coaches to the CBS Sports family,” said Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports. “His passion, knowledge and ability to teach the game, coupled with his charismatic and driven personality, make him a perfect addition and continue to strengthen our impressive college basketball roster. Jay is one of the most respected and accomplished voices in esports and will bring unique insights, perspectives and opinions.”


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