NCAA cancels men's and women's basketball tournaments

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NCAA cancels men's and women's basketball tournaments

The men's NCAA Tournament has been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Several conference tournaments that were set to play Thursday were cancelled. The ACC, SEC, Big 12, Pac 12, AAC and WAC were among them. 

The Big East was the only conference to tip off this afternoon as Creighton played St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. At halftime, the rest of the game — and tournament — was cancelled. On Wednesday, the NCAA initially made the decision to play the tournament with only essential staff and limited family in attendance. Those appear to be the guidelines that were followed by the Big East.

The women's tournament was also cancelled. The MAAC and MEAC were the only conferences to play tournament games Thursday — Fairfield beat Siena and N.C. Central beat N.C. A&T. The rest of the MAAC tournament was cancelled.

The decision comes a day after the NBA suspended its season. A Utah Jazz player, who multiple reports have said is All-Star Center Rudy Gobert, tested positive for the virus. The league postponed the game between the Jazz and Thunder Wednesday.

It was also reported Thursday that Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell tested positive, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. There were 58 people in the Jazz organization that were tested and Gobert and Mitchell were the only positive tests, per Shams Charania of the Athletic.

The Sixers have made the decision to suspend basketball operations while multiple teams that have had direct contact with the Jazz are self-quarantining, including the Pistons, who were at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night.

The NHL, MLB, MLS and NLL have all suspended their seasons as well.

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Former Temple coach Matt Rhule selling sprawling estate for $2.5 million


Former Temple coach Matt Rhule selling sprawling estate for $2.5 million

It's a big month for Philly-connected college coaches and real estate. 

Former Temple football coach and current Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule is selling his very nice Waco, Texas estate for $2.5 million, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.

The listing news comes just days after rumblings emerged of Villanova's Jay Wright listing his Berwyn home for a similar price.

Rhule's house going up for sale, of course, is a little more self-explanatory: he just landed a new job in Charlotte, with a mind-boggling seven-year deal, meaning he has no longer has any reason to hold on to Texas real estate.

The house itself holds up plenty of axioms about Texas culture: full of wooden bannisters and exposed brick, and laid out over a sprawling 8,150 square feet, everything truly is bigger (and more rustic) in that state.

The main house comes with five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, a commercial-grade kitchen, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, and... an elevator.

An elevator.

The rest of the 5.53-acre estate includes 3,000 square feet of covered exterior space, an in-ground pool, a basketball court, and a gym.

Here's a look through some highlights:

Villanova's Jay Wright selling gorgeous Berwyn home for $2.5 million


Villanova's Jay Wright selling gorgeous Berwyn home for $2.5 million

For a cool $2.5 million, you can live like a national champion.

Villanova head coach Jay Wright is putting his five-acre, 6,200-square-foot house in Berwyn for sale, according to a report from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The house, a short drive from the school's campus, isn't technically on the market just yet. It will officially be listed for sale Feb. 24.

There's no need for Villanova fans to panic, though: Wright and his wife Patricia are simply looking to downsize now that their children have grown up, according to the Journal, rather than leave the area.

Yes, Wright's name pops up in NBA head coaching talks all the time. Yes, one day it might happen. This is not that time.

From the story:

The Wrights are downsizing and looking to move closer to Villanova, [broker Maribeth] McConnell said. The Berwyn house was their family home, and now their children are grown, she said.

Wright and his wife bought the house for $1.6 million in 2009, according to the Journal.

Spread across five acres, the house has six bedrooms, six full baths, six fireplaces, a three-car garage, a tennis court and a basketball court, and an inground pool, along with a 1,100-square-foot living space over the detached garage.

It's a pretty nice house: