Chris Mullin to step down as coach of St. John’s, to be bought out soon: Sources
Two days after St John’s school said released a statement that it wasn’t looking for another men's basketball head coach and supported Chris Mullin to train its boys’, the coach himself announced stepping down. The news was first tweeted by college basketball insider Jon Rothstein and neither Mullin nor his agent Jim Ornstein added much to it.
Reports claim Mullin, 55, has two years to go and about dollar 4 million remaining on his deal. He would have been a lame duck after next season without an extension.
Mullin, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, replaced head coach Steve Lavin in 2015. He struggled the first three years at the helm, going a combined 38-60 and failing to finish above 500 in any of his first three seasons. He had no coaching experience before he took the job. He had worked in the Golden State Warriors' front office for five years as the executive vice president of basketball operations and was an adviser in Sacramento Kings.
St John's is aiming for Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley, 47, the Jersey City, N J native and former Duke legend, sources confirmed. Arizona State may have to come up with an extension to keep him and fend off St. John's. Hurley is now St John’s first choice for having played at Duke, where Cragg spent 31 years before being hired at St John's in September.