Bobby Hurley, previously linked to the St. John’s head coaching gig, is in the process of signing an extension with Arizona State.
The St. John’s Red Storm have one fewer coach on their list. Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley took down St. John’s in the NCAA Tournament before bowing out to Buffalo in the round of 64.
Although Hurley was thought to be a top candidate for the open St. John’s gig, he is staying with the Sun Devils for the foreseeable future. He’s in talks with the university to extend his agreement. Hurley released the following statement via Twitter on Thursday:
“I am thankful to President Crow and Ray Anderson for entrusting me to lead the basketball program at Arizona State,” writes Hurley. “My family and I are proud to be Sun Devils and want to remain at Arizona State for a long time. We are in discussions to extend our agreement and I look forward to continuing to build our program for long-term success. I will have no further public comment on my contract status until our agreement is finalized. Thank you, Sun Devil Nation.”
Hurley is a local guy and the son of New Jersey coaching legend Bob Hurley. Obviously, he would have been a great hire for the Johnnies, but the buyouts in his deal always made him a long-shot option.
While it’s still early in the process, Iona’s Tim Cluess appears to be a strong candidate to replace Chris Mullin. Furthermore, Adam Zagoria of SNY is reporting that St. John’s assistant coach Greg St. Jean is meeting with athletic director Mike Cragg on Friday and he has the support of the players.