Tim Cluess’ momentum to St. John’s grows amid Bobby Hurley obstacles

Tim Cluess’ momentum to St. John’s grows amid Bobby Hurley obstacles

April 13, 2019

As of late Wednesday, Tim Cluess was involved in informal discussions with St. John’s to become its next head coach, and an official request with Iona to speak to its head coach was expected soon, a source familiar with the talks told The Post.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the talks had progressed to the point that Cluess believed he was the leading candidate to replace Chris Mullin, who stepped down Tuesday after four seasons, and the talks could intensify over the next days.

Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley has been viewed as athletic director Mike Cragg’s top choice, but there was doubt he would leave the Pac-12 school, and St. John’s was still monitoring his situation. Hurley earned a reported $2.4 million last year, had a hefty buyout and is under contract through 2023. A source close to Hurley told The Post he likes living out West and would need to be blown away to leave the Pac-12 school for a rebuilding job at St. John’s, though coming back home did interest him.

The 60-year-old Cluess has led Iona to six NCAA tournaments in the last nine years and is revered in the tri-state area. He has worked his way up the coaching ranks, from the high school level to junior college, Division II and later Iona. He played for St. John’s from 1979 to 1981 before transferring to Hofstra. His three brothers and sister all played at the school.

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