According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Loyola-Chicago head coach Porter Moser has turned down the St. John’s offer to coach the men’s basketball team, now open because Chris Mullin stepped down.
Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser has turned down a St. John's offer, sources tell ESPN. Moser will remain with the Ramblers.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 16, 2019
Andrew Slater of the Athletic reported that St. John’s offered Moser the job last night. [ Read the Rumble coaching profile of Moser.] Furthermore, Slater reported that the deal was somewhere in the ballpark of $2.2 million for 8 years.
The salary and length of contract have gone up since the negotiations began. Source indicates it began at $2M for 5 years. Now, in the neighborhood of $2.2M for 8 years. https://t.co/SR4KWKOiW3— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) April 16, 2019
The Red Storm coaching search will drag on a bit longer, as Red Storm players consider transferring during the wait, now a week long. Coaches supposedly still in the running for the job include Iona’s Tim Cluess [Rumble profile] and Yale’s James Jones.
Yale’s James Jones also interviewed at @StJohnsBBall , per sources— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 16, 2019
It's my understanding St. John's AD Mike Cragg wants to hire Tim Cluess. Let's see if administration allows him to do so now that Moser turned down SJU, per reports— J.P. Pelzman (@JPPelzman) April 16, 2019
With Iona’s Cluess available and not hired, and with St. John’s possibly expanding the search, there could be a long way to go before this search is resolved.
Follow along with Rumble in the Garden as St. John’s closes in on hiring their next basketball coach — and deliver some level of consistency for the Red Storm, a consistency the program has lacked since the retirement of Lou Carnesecca.