CBS Sports was the first to report the news that Mullin had decided to step down, as the coach was said to have many meetings with Cragg before this announcement. The former Red Storm player is known as the greatest basketball player in St. John's history, and took over as a head coach in 2015. At the time, he replaced Steve Lavin and went on to go 38-60, and was under .500 in each of his first three seasons.
St. John's is coming off their best season off of Mullin, as they went 21-13 and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his four seasons. Unfortunately for them, they were eliminated by Arizona State in the First Four. That ended a stretch of them losing five of their last six games, but was still an upside of Mullin's tenure, as he came in with no previous coaching experience. He is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and worked in the Golden State Warriors' front office for five years. Although with him gone, the Red Storm are already said to be targeting Arizona head coach Bobby Hurley, who played at Duke while Cragg was there.