St. John's made the hire of alum Chris Mullin as head basketball coach official minutes ago. The former Red Storm and NBA star is taking over the reins for Steve Lavin and has already hired Iowa State assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih to be a part of his staff.
When Mullin suited up for St. John's during the 1980s, the program's top rivals were Syracuse and Georgetown. The three schools waged yearly battles for Big East supremacy.
Syracuse has left the Big East for the ACC, but Georgetown and St. John's remain. The Hoyas welcomed Mullin back to his old league with a throwback tweet featuring the lefty sharpshooter smiling as Georgetown's Patrick Ewing grills him.
">@BIGEAST, Coach! pic.twitter.com/7Hw5TK0JPd
— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) March 31, 2015
It will be very interesting to see how Mullin fares, because he's never coached before. His name does bring cache back to the Big East, and if the Hoyas and Red Storm rivalry becomes even close to what it was when he played, it will be good for the league.