St. John's head coach Chris Mullin is not going anywhere.
Amid growing speculation of Mullin's job security in recent days, St. John's Director of Athletics Mike Cragg released a statement on Saturday assuring that Mullin will remain the Red Storm's head coach.
"Let me be clear and I said from the start, Coach Mullin is our head coach and we are not looking for another head coach," Cragg said.
The statement comes the day after St. John's junior college recruit Cam Mack requested to be released from his National Letter of Intent.
St. John's athletic director Mike Cragg:- Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 6, 2019
"Let me be clear and I said from the start, Coach Mullin is our head coach and we are not looking for another head coach." pic.twitter.com/1OiMvIQ5j0
Per Zach Braziller of The Post, Mack said that the departure of assistant coach and master recruiter Matt Abdelmassih factored into his decision.
Abdelmassih left St. John's at the beginning of the week to join Fred Hoiberg's staff at Nebraska.
St. John's is also losing top player Shamorie Ponds, who declared for the NBA Draft.
Mullin, in his fourth season as head coach of St. John's, guided the team to a 15-1 start to the season ended but faltered down the stretch to finish 21-13 and 8-10 in the Big East.
The Johnnies' season ended with an NCAA Tournament play-in game loss to Arizona State.
Cragg said that he has met with Mullin several times since the season ended and categorized those meetings as "productive, engaging and positive for the future of St. John's Basketball."
"Through our open dialogue and active engagement we have had the opportunity to share ideas and reflect on our experiences working together to make St. John's better," Cragg said. "Coach Mullin has been great throughout and I appreciate his passion for St. John's.
"As I have said from my first day in October -- we all have a lot of work to do and I personally find this ongoing process to be exciting and, ultimately, rewarding for the benefit of our student-athletes, staff, coaches and the entire University."