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AM Rumble: Following coaching rumors around St. John’s

Who will lead the Johnnies next?

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With the coaching search fully underway in Queens, rumors continue to swirl. We examine the latest buzz around the St. John’s job.

  • According to Zach Braziller of the NY Post, momentum is shifting in this coaching search toward Iona’s Tim Cluess. Sources say as of Wednesday night, St. John’s and Cluess have had informal discussions about the coaching vacancy. St. John’s is expected to officially request an interview with Cluess sometime soon.

Also included in Braziller’s article, “...the talks had progressed to the point that Cluess believed he was the leading candidate to replace Chris Mullin,” and that discussions may intensify in the coming days.

Per the same Braziller article, Red Storm athletic director Mike Cragg’s first choice was Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley. However, it is believed with his large buyout, and his comfort of living out west, that Hurley will not take the St. John’s gig. Still, if Hurley were offered a huge deal too good to pass on, he still could pack his bags for Queens.

To read the Rumble’s full coaching profile on both Cluess and Hurley, click their names below.

- Tim Cluess

- Bobby Hurley

  • In a series of tweets late Wednesday night, former St. John’s and NBA player Metta World Peace expressed his interest in coaching the Red Storm.

  • There has been a recent push by players within the St. John’s program to elevate assistant Greg St. Jean to head coach. According to Big East commentator John Fanta, the former assistant is interested in taking the head coaching job. St. Jean not only has support from players at St. John’s, Phoenix Suns guard Jimmer Fredette also is advocating for St. Jean to get the position.