Sudden departure of Mullin has ripple effect at St. John's
by Bryan Fonseca
Apr 16, 2019 | 6048 views | 0 0 comments | 492 492 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week, head coach Chris Mullin – arguably the greatest player in the school’s history – stepped down as head coach after four years on the job, highlighted by an NCAA Tournament appearance last month.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells BQE Media that Mullin had one year left on his contract and wanted an extension, before the two sides agreed to ultimately part ways. In four years on the job, St. John’s had an overall record of 59-73 under the Basketball Hall of Famer.

“We thank Coach Mullin for all of his contributions to our men’s basketball program,” said St. John’s athletic director Mike Cragg. “St. John’s basketball progressed well during his tenure, culminating with a trip to the NCAA Tournament this past season.

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,” he added.

Mullin released a statement shortly after.

“The past four years at St. John’s University have been one of the most thrilling and challenging points of my career,” he said. “This has been an extremely emotional decision, but after a recent personal loss, I took time to reflect upon my true values and believe this is the right time to make a change. It’s a job I will always cherish.”

Since his departure, St. John’s has witnessed a mass exodus in the program. After Shamorie Ponds announced his intention to enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent, 2019 Big East Player of the Year Justin Simon announced that he’ll be following in Ponds’ footsteps.

St. John’s also lost Bryan Trimble to the transfer pool, and key contributor LJ Figueroa has also decided to weigh his options elsewhere, but hasn’t ruled out returning to the university.

Mustapha Heron, who arrived to Queens from Auburn University prior to last season, hasn’t made a decision on whether or not he will enter the draft for a second straight spring in the wake of Mullin’s resignation.

Incoming guard Cameron Mack, a junior college standout, had requested his release from his scholarship and will sign elsewhere, while fellow recruiting class of 2019 signee Valdir Manuel has elected to reopen his recruitment period.

Class of 2020 swingman Nate Tabor, who verbally committed to St. John’s in January, also withdrew from St. John’s following Mullin’s departure.

Regarding new coaches, Greg St. Jean has reportedly met with Cragg. St. Jean was named an assistant coach prior to the 2015-16 season. Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley was linked to the job throughout the week, but has since decided to stay at Arizona State.

The coaching search continues, as does the search for program stability.
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