Mullin explains decision to step down at St. John’s

Mullin explains decision to step down at St. John’s

Chris Mullin officially stepped down as the Redstorm's basketball program Head Coach, announced St. John's University in a statement this Tuesday.

As the best player in program history, Chris Mullin arrived as coach at St. John's with some fanfare.

"I took time to reflect upon my true values and believe this is the right time to make a change". He's led the Sun Devils to the NCAA Tournament two years in a row and has drawn attention for pulling off wins against Kansas two seasons in a row.

Over four years, Bobby Hurley has made Arizona State basketball relevant.

St. John's President Bobby Gempesaw said that because of Mullin the "university community has grown closer, there has been excitement throughout campus".

Cragg is a Washington native who attended Washington but spent the last three decades in several roles at Duke (hence the Hurley connection).

The 2018-19 season was also Mullin's first with a winning record.

With Mullin leaving, Cragg would now have to scramble to find a new head coach. VCU's Mike Rhoades could be an option, as could former Oklahoma State head coach (and current Saint Louis head coach) Travis Ford, Porter Moser and Bucknell's Nathan Davis.

Overall, Mullin finished (59-73) has a head coach.

St. John's squeezed into the NCAA Tournament as the last team to receive a bid and lost 74-65 to Arizona State in Dayton, Ohio.

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 chose to leave the program just when things were getting interesting.

Back in 1991, the Duke point guard defeated St. John's in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament on the way to what would be the first of back-to-back national championships.

Hurley's New Jersey ties easily put him in the mix for the job at St. John's.

Fourteen coaches to watch for St. John's: Steve Wojciechowski, Johnny Dawkins, Jon Scheyer, Chris Collins, Tommy Amaker, Jeff Capel, Dan Hurley, Tim Cluess, Steve Forbes, Earl Grant, Mike Rhoades, Travis Ford, Porter Moser and Nathan Davis.

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