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Report: Knicks Have 'Strong Interest' In Prominent College Coach

A general view of Madison Square Garden during a Knicks game.

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The New York Knicks are expected to make a head coaching change ahead of the NBA's 2020-21 regular season.

New York is currently led by Michael Miller, though he's unlikely to keep the job past this season. The Knicks reportedly have their eyes on a prominent college basketball head coach.

Adam Zagoria is reporting that the Knicks have "strong interest" in Villanova head coach Jay Wright. The national title-winning head coach has been linked to NBA jobs before. He's been at Villanova since 2001.

A league source told Zagoria that there is a "strong possibility" that Wright will get the Knicks job. This is not the first time Wright has been rumored to be a candidate for New York's NBA team. Two years ago, Wright was linked to the job after Jeff Hornacek's firing, though he decided to stay put at Villanova.

“It’s not that you’re not interested, I just don’t want to leave,” Wright told The New York Post. “It’s the Knicks. You love the Garden, you love New York City, you love the Knicks. I just know I don’t want to leave Villanova.”

Perhaps things have now changed. Wright has won two national championships at Villanova, one in 2016 and another in '18. He's been at the school for nearly 20 years.

It would be tough to blame Wright for wanting to take a chance on the NBA. But, then again, this is the Knicks - arguably the most-dysfunctional franchise in the league - so he'll probably end up passing once again.

This is clearly a situation worth monitoring moving forward, but for now, Wright is focused on Villanova's push toward the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are currently 19-6, ranked No. 15 in the country.