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Report: Bobby Hurley staying at Arizona State

The Johnnies first choice will not take the job.

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According to Zach Braziller of the New York Post, Bobby Hurley will remain the head basketball coach at Arizona State.

As Braziller wrote on Twitter, discussions were had about Hurley being the next St. John’s coach. Unfortunately for Red Storm athletic director Mike Cragg, his supposed first choice will not take the job.

Hurley’s ties with Cragg go back to his days as a guard with the Duke Blue Devils. Cragg had been an administrator at Duke since 1987.

While there was reportedly interest on Hurley’s behalf, it is likely that St. John’s did not have the financial resources to make this move happen. Hurley has a significant buyout and is under contract through 2023. Per the NY Post, Hurley was looking for an annual salary somewhere around $3 million. Last season he earned $2.6 million coaching the Sun Devils.

Hurley is a coach that likely would be perceived well in New York. With deep family ties in New York and New Jersey, he could have rivaled regional foes on the recruiting trail. That includes his brother Danny Hurley who currently coaches the UConn Huskies.

With Hurley out of the picture, it seems like a path is opening up for Tim Cluess to be named Chris Mullin’s successor. On Thursday afternoon, J.P. Pelzman of Forbes tweeted that St. John’s and Cluess were “getting closer” to making a deal.

Follow along at Rumble in the Garden as the Red Storm coaching search continues.