Norm Roberts was fired by St. John's, the school announced Friday.

Athletic director Chris Monasch announced the move two days after the Red Storm's loss to Memphis in the first round of the NIT. St. John's finished the season 17-16 and 6-12 in the Big East.

"At this time we feel a change in the direction of the leadership of the program will be of the best benefit to us in the long-term," Monasch said. "Nine seniors will comprise a mostly-upperclass team next year, and we expect to have an extremely competitive year."

Roberts' compiled a 81-101 record in six seasons at St. John's. This was the first time the squad was invited to a major post season tournament during Roberts' tenure.

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There had been speculation that St. John's would allow Roberts one more season with a senior-laden team.

Roberts is the third Big East coach to be fired this season. Seton Hall fired Bobby Gonzalez on Wednesday.