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 Red Storm’s all-time leading scorer, hinted at some interest in the job once before when Norm Roberts was hired. Under such difficult circumstances as 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 Golden State general manager for five years and generally is far more cagy than his laid-back demeanor suggests. If he wants it, the job almost certainly is his to accept or reject.
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.
Manhattan coach Steve Masiello 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 happened last year when he accepted the South Florida job, then it fell 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.
Iona coach Tim Cluess 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.
When Mullin led St. John’s to the 1985 Final Four, Mark 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.