The madness extended into the final night of the season, but it had nothing to do with the NCAA Tournament. A bombshell report dropped just before the tipoff of the national championship game that Chris Mullin was planning to step down as St. John’s head coach just two days after the school said in a statement it supported him and wasn’t looking for another coach.
There was radio silence from the school after college basketball insider Jon Rothstein broke the news. Mullin didn’t return repeated messages seeking comment, and neither did his agent, Jim Ornstein.
Athletic director Mike Cragg declined comment and the school’s sports information department didn’t return several messages. A source who was in direct contact with Mullin said once the news spread, he stopped responding to text messages.
Another source said Mullin and Cragg were communicating all weekend, and by Monday afternoon there were no signs of any issues. Multiple sources said the coaching staff and players on the team were caught off guard and were unaware of Mullin’s plans.