Ironically, CBS's Jon Rothstein is reporting that on top of St. John's wish list to replace Mullin is Arizona St. and former Wagner College assistant coach Bobby Hurley. However, reports of a rocky relationship with administration led athletic director Mike Cragg to put out a statement of support for Mullin as their coach.
CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein and Stadium's Jeff Goodman both followed up their initial reports by adding that current Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley is expected to be at the top of St. John's wish list when it begins its search for Mullin's replacement. Several players already had expressed their desire to transfer.
Arizona State's First Four victory over St. John's isn't the first time Hurley has knocked the Red Storm out of the Big Dance.
- Vitamin Water founder Mike Repole will be a "financial resource", sources said, in the next step in the process, a significant development considering how much money it would take to land Hurley, who made $2.4 million a year ago, according to USA Today.
An official announcement on Mullin's status as head coach could come soon.
Mullin, however, did record his best season during the 2018-19 campaign when he finished with a 21-13 record. If Mullin does indeed step down, he'll do so with a four-year overall record of 59-73. He led the Sun Devils to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, but bowed out in the First Four in each.