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St. John's coaching candidates

SEARCH IS ON When St. John's parted ways with Steve Lavin, it announced plans for a "nationwide search" for a replacement. Here's the short list:CHRIS MULLIN:The school's all-time leading scorer hinted at some interest in the job once before, when Norm Roberts was hired. Under the difficult circumstances the program faces now, he's the one who could weather a very difficult rebuild. No coaching experience, but the legendary "gym rat" knows the game inside and out, served as the Golden State Warriors' general manager for five years and generally is far more cagey than his laid-back demeanor would suggest. If he wants it, the job almost certainly is his to accept or reject.


BOBBY HURLEY: Of the two Hurley brothers, Danny makes the most sense because of his extensive experience and success at Wagner and Rhode Island, where he has a quality team returning next season. Bobby recently agreed to an extension at Buffalo, but there are conflicting reports about whether he remains a candidate for other jobs. The two brothers won't compete against each other for the same job. Both have great tri-state recruiting ties.

STEVE MASIELLO: The Manhattan coach is a popular local choice after taking the Jaspers to the NCAAs two straight years, and he most certainly would enjoy the support of some prominent donors. But his candidacy would be complicated by what occurred last year when he accepted the South Florida job, then had it fall through when it was determined he hadn't completed his degree from Kentucky. That situation has been rectified, but it might remain a red flag.

TIM CLUESS: The Iona coach just signed an extension in the past week. It likely takes him off the market because a buyout might be prohibitive. He has longtime ties to St. John's and would have loved the job, but he was rejected when Lavin was hired, and some of the people who rejected him remain in place.

MARK JACKSON: When Mullin led St. John's to the 1985 Final Four, Jackson was a freshman sixth man. He expressed interest in the job before his NBA playing days ended but ultimately wound up coaching Golden State from 2011-14, leading the Warriors to the playoffs in his second and third seasons. He's a long shot.



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