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St. John's Announces Chris Mullin Has Officially Stepped Down

Head coach Chris Mullin of the St. John's Red Storm.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Head coach Chris Mullin of the St. John's Red Storm speaks to an official in the first half against the Xavier Musketeers during the Big East basketball tournament Quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Following several days of speculation, St. John's finally announced that Chris Mullin is stepping down. It'll end his four-year stretch as the head coach of the Red Storm.

Mullin took over for the Red Storm in 2015, and it was clear that he showed improvement every season in the Big East. This year was the first time he led them to March Madness.

Considering all that Mullin has accomplished as a coach and player for the university, it's hard to imagine how much it hurts him to leave the program.

This is an abrupt ending to what could have been a promising tenure at St. John's. Nonetheless, Mullin sounds at peace with his decision.

"This has been an extremely emotional decision, but after a recent personal loss, I took time to reflect upon my true values and believe this is the right time to make a change. I am extremely grateful to the administration, which has supported me and our basketball program on every level," Mullin said.

St. John's released his full statement this afternoon.

With Mullin out of the picture for the Red Storm, the favorite to replace him is Bobby Hurley. Ironically enough, he coached Arizona State to a victory over St. John's in the NCAA Tournament.

Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino also has interest in the opening, which would make things very interesting in New York.

Stay tuned for more updates on this coaching search.