St John's coach Chris Mullin quits, cites 'personal loss'

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St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin dribbles the ball down the court in the second half against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the First Four of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Dayton Arena. According to multiple reports, the former Johnnies star is likely to step down from his position.

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

Athletic Mike Cragg director announced the decision Tuesday, saying the team "progressed well" during Mullin's four years in charge, but he did not detail any reason for the move. John's connection, it's real and it goes beyond him being thought of as a northeastern type of fellow.

Chris Mullin believed it was the "right time to make a change". It's the only way to survive the impending alien invasion. It's no surprise that St. John's reportedly will target Hurley as his replacement. The team reached their first NCAA Tournament under Mullin this year but were knocked out of the First Four by Arizona State.

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In the coming days, more will be divulged about Mullin resigning as head coach from the school he once helped bring to prominence in the college basketball world.

Mullin has been the head coach at his alma mater since 2015. Each day, another recruit or player seemed to be leaving the program, and it all came to an end with Mullin's resignation.

"We thank Coach Mullin for all of his contributions to our men's basketball program", SJU athletic director Mike Cragg said. St. John's cracked the AP Top 25 for the first time in four years but faded down the stretch, losing five of their final six games and six of the last eight to finish 21-13. Cragg had worked at Duke for 30 years, starting in the media-relations department when Hurley was still starring as.

Cragg said St. John's will now pursue an experienced coach "committed to building a championship-level program" and someone who is "ready to build upon the recent successes of our program with integrity by recruiting young men of high character". 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.