The sports world lost a legend on Wednesday when Rollie Massimino passed away at the age of 82. Rollie was the man who led the 1985 Villanova Wildcats to the biggest upset in Final Four history and brought a championship back to the Main Line after defeating the Georgetown Hoyas in Cinderella fashion.
Massimino was well respected in the sports world and many shared fond remembrances of him on social media.
Current Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright, like all in the 'Nova community, was touched by Rollie.
"The Nova Nation has lost a legend and great leader," Wright said (more from him here). "Coach's love of family, community, and teamwork were evident in every game his teams ever played. All of us, as coaches and players, idolized Coach Mass. He inspired and impacted all of our lives. He never stopped being a cherished mentor and friend."
Former Villanova coach Steve Lappas:
Kentucky coaching legend John Calipari:
Others in the sports world: