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Report: Chris Mullin offered, expected to become St. John’s next head coach


St. John’s has offered Chris Mullin the head coaching job, and he is expected to accept, according to a report from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports on Sunday evening.

The former Red Storm star became a top target once the university parted ways with Steve Lavin after five seasons. The Hall of Fame small forward was a three-time Big East Player of the Year and led St. John’s to the 1985 Final Four.

This hire will definitely win the press conference, but will similar wins happen on the court, too?

For starters, Mullin, who currently serves as advisory role with the Sacramento Kings, has no head coaching experience. Sure, Big East loyalists will love the move, but will all the points he scored back in the 1980s really resonate with recruits who weren’t alive for his Run TMC days?

Of course, he could make up for that disadvantage with a top-notch coaching staff.

It’s worth noting that Mullin had the chance to jump to the bench back in December. After Michael Malone was fired, it was reported that the Kings’ head coaching job was Mullin’s if he wanted it. However, Mullin turned it down, electing not to begin his coaching career midseason.

Rhode Island’s Danny Hurley reportedly had interest in the vacancy, but signed a six-year deal with the Rams earlier on Sunday. Steve Masiello, who has led Manhattan to back-to-back NCAA tournaments, was also believed to be a candidate.

If he does in fact accept, Mullin will be inheriting a team that graduates D’Angelo Harrison, Sir’Dominic Pointer, Phil Greene IV and Jamal Branch. Aside from bringing in several assistant coaches who can help recruit, Mullin’s top priority will be retaining Chris Obekpa and Rysheed Jordan.

Danny Hurley, Rhode Island agree to an extension

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Schools with coaching vacancies can probably cross off Danny Hurley’s name, as Rhode Island and its head coach agreed to a contract extension on Sunday.

Bill Koch of the Providence Journal and Jeff Goodman of ESPN both reported the new deal. According to Koch, the new deal goes through the 2021-22 season and could be finalized during the middle of next week.

Hurley, the New Jersey native, reportedly had interest in the St. John’s opening.

The Rams reached the second round of the NIT, ending the 2014-15 campaign with a 23-10 (13-5 Atlantic 10) record. Rhode Island will be one of the favorites in the A-10 next season, returning the bulk of its core including E.C. Matthews, Hassan Martin and Jared Terrell. Memphis transfer, Kuran Iverson, will also be eligible for the second semester of the 2015-16 season.

Hurley finished his third season at URI, taking over the program after a two-year stint with Wagner.

Rhode Island big man returns to the floor for 2014-2015 season

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Entering his third year at the helm of the Rhode Island program, head coach Danny Hurley has stockpiled enough talent to eventually make a push toward the top of the Atlantic 10 Conference standings. Whether the Rams will do that this season, or remain a year away, they will begin the 2014-2015 season equipped with a full roster.

On Friday night, Bill Koch reported that 6-foot-10 forward Jordan Hare had been ruled eligible to play this season after being granted a waiver by the NCAA. In the spring, reports surfaced that Hare was looking to rejoin the program.

Hare missed the entire 2013-2014 season, taking a leave of absence in November before the season began. As a freshman, he averaged 5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

The Rhode Island interior consists of former Rutgers big man Gilvydas Biruta, who averaged 10.6 points and 7.0 boards per game in his first season with the Rams, sophomore forward Hassan Martin, junior forward Ifeanyi Onyekaba and JuCo transfer Earl Watson. The Rams, which will run a three-guard set, will have one of the best perimeters in the conference led by A-10 Co-Rookie of the Year E.C. Matthews — 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game — and four-star freshman Jared Terrell.

Rhode Island finished 14-18 (5-11 A-10) this past season.