Rothstein reported Chris Mullin is expected to step down as St. John's head coach later this week. However, St. John's introduced a new athletic director, Mike Cragg, last year, which led to whispers that Mullin's job could be in jeopardy.
"Coach Mullin has a deep passion for this program and he has been committed to helping our student-athletes achieve their goals on and off the court, so I know this was not an easy decision".
Mullin, whose contract had two more years, cited a "recent personal loss" in a separate statement.
Tim Cluess isn't the sexy, head-turning hire (and at 60 years old, he's on the older side), but the Queens native and former St. John's guard has 199 wins and six NCAA Tournament appearances in nine seasons at nearby Iona. He also went 20-52 in the Big East Conference. "I will always support St. John's University in keeping our basketball tradition alive".
Cragg is a Washington native who attended Washington but spent the last three decades in several roles at Duke (hence the Hurley connection). Now coaching in Greece, he denied to the Post that he reached out to St. John's on Monday.
Overall, Mullin finished (59-73) has a head coach.
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A person familiar with Buss' thinking said Johnson's decision did not guarantee Walton's job was safe. He was also asked if he believes Rob Pelinka is the right general manager for the franchise.
St. John's wants Bobby Hurley, but the question is, Does he want them? Arizona State won 74-65 over St. John's on March 20th. Junior guard Justin Simon (10.4 points per game) hired an agent and announced he was entering the National Basketball Association draft, while backup guard Bryan Trimble Jr. has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal, a source told ESPN.
The Red Storm reportedly had "trouble filling the assistant coach vacancy" after lead recruiter Matt Abdelmassih left the program to work with Nebraska. However, the four-year head coach has made a decision to leave the program just when things were getting interesting.
Mullin, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, led St. John's to the 1985 Final Four, his elegant left-handed shot and the antics of coach Lou Carnesecca captivating all of NY.
As St. John's turns the page to start over again, there will be many big names that will be on the list to be the next coach.
If that doesn't happen, the source believes Hurley would seriously consider St. John's.