Temple coach Fran Dunphy has been named the American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the second straight year by his conference peers.
Dunphy earned the honor after leading Temple to a 20-10 overall record, a 14-4 conference record and the No. 1 seed for the this week's AAC Tournament in Orlando, Florida.
It was Dunphy’s eighth 20-win season in 10 years as the head coach at Temple. The Owls also claimed the regular-season conference championship for the third time in 10 years.
Temple defeated three ranked opponents this season: then-No. 22 Cincinnati, then-No. 23 UConn, and then-No. 8 SMU. It was the first time the Owls defeated three ranked opponents in one season since 2000.
"I am honored and humbled to be selected by my peers as the Coach of the Year in the American Athletic Conference," Dunphy said in a statement. "This is really a programmatic award in that our coaching staff has worked hard all year long and, as it is a players' game, they deserve much of the credit as well. This truly is a team honor."
Dunphy became the Big 5’s all-time leader in wins (523) this season when he passed former Temple coach John Cheney’s previous mark of 516 wins.
Temple begins their AAC Tournament play on Friday at noon in a quarterfinal game against South Florida.
Because of his success at Villanova, Jay Wright is always a hot name when a high-profile coaching job becomes available. But Wright really does seem happy at Villanova.
It looks like Wright subscribes to the idea that money can’t buy happiness.
The Los Angeles Times published a story today about UCLA’s long and winding search for a new head coach. Before they eventually landed on Mick Cronin, they went after some big names in the coaching world, including John Calipari and Wright.
While Calipari showed some real interest in the gig, it doesn’t seem like Wright gave it a second thought, not even after UCLA offered to double his salary, according to the LA Times.
Read by the LA Times, here’s part of what UCLA’s senior associate AD Josh Rebholz said in a text message to donors after the school failed to hire Calipari:
We would have loved for Jay Wright to walk out on the floor, but even when we offered to double his salary, he still wasn’t coming. Nothing we can do about that. But I am proud of our effort. We didn’t assume anything, took our shots and I believe will end up with a solid coach who will embrace UCLA and build a program we all can be proud of and root for.
If that’s true, that UCLA offered to double his salary, Wright turned down a ton of money. According to USA Today, Wright makes $3,878,768 per season, so doubling that would give him an annual salary of over $7.75 million. That would be the second-highest salary in college basketball behind Calipari and ahead of Mike Krzyzewski.
It seems like Wright really does love it here.
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