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Sunday / December 17.
  • NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall at St. John'sNEW YORK — St. John’s officially named Chris Mullin its new head men’s basketball coach on Tuesday and the legendary former player will be introduced Wednesday at a 1:30 p.m press conference.

    The Mullin news first surfaced Sunday night when SNY.tv and other outlets reported that Mullin would succeed Steve Lavin as head coach.

    “Obviously, it’s a surreal experience coming home and returning to St. John’s University. This is a role I have been preparing for all of my life,” said Mullin. “There are so many people who have had a great influence on me to reach this point, especially my parents, Coach Carnesecca and my former teammates. I am extremely grateful to Dr. Gempesaw for providing me this tremendous opportunity to give back to the university where I spent some of the greatest years of my life.”

    Most recently an advisor to the Sacramento Kings, Mullin has never coached at any level but is the greatest link to the program’s glory years.

    2014 Under Armour Association FinalsThe McDonald’s All-American Game scrimmage took place on Tuesday in Chicago and Jay Williams and Quint Kessenich interviewed several players on ESPNU.

    Here are some highlights:

    DIAMOND STONE WANTS TO BE A ‘BEAST’

    Newly-minted Maryland commit Diamond Stone was asked how he could help bring the Terps to a Final Four next year.

    “I plan on just being a low-post beast on the block,” the 6-10 Stone said. “I think I bring great character to the team, on and off the court. My rebounding needs work but I think I can coming into the season, getting with the strength and conditioning coach…He can get me right, like he did Alex Len. Right now I’m probably 13 or 14 percent body fat, I think I need to cut that down to 10 and I think I could be a beast.”

    The Coaching Carousel is turning fast and furious with meetings and movement. Here’s the latest:

    8459372**Texas is in talks with VCU coach Shaka Smart about its coaching vacancy, according to Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com. Texas parted ways with Rick Barnes over the weekend after 17 years, and Barnes wasted no time finding new employment by landing the Tennessee job.

    **The other prominent name linked to Texas was Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall, but  Marshall spent seven hours on Monday with Alabama AD Bill Battle in Wichita, according to AL.com. Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com

    NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall at St. John'sNEW YORK — Chris Mullin will be introduced as the new head coach at St. John’s during a press conference on Wednesday and is excited to take over at his alma mater.

    The former St. John’s legend will earn at least $2 million annually, according to The New York Times.

    “He’s going to be the next head coach at St. John’s and as a former player, I couldn’t be more happy,” Tarik Turner, a Big East analyst for Fox Sports 1 and a former St. John’s player, told SNY.tv Monday evening. “And the reason I’m excited is because this is someone who is the reason I came to St. John’s and most of my other teammates and past players decided to go to St. John’s because of the impact he had on the school and the Big East.

    “I can’t think of a better mind and leader to lead the program back to prominence.”

    Mullin, 51, has no head coaching experience and previously served as special advisor for the Sacramento Kings and general manager of the Golden State Warriors.

    NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-2nd Round-Butler vs Texas

    Former Texas head coach Rick Barnes is finalizing a deal to become the next head coach at Tennessee, according to CBSSports.com.

    Texas and Barnes parted ways last week.

    The Longhorns finished 20-14 this season and had not advanced beyond the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament since advancing to the Elite Eight in 2008. Barnes had a record of 402-180 in 17 seasons with Texas, and 604-314 overall.

    Barnes, 60, took Texas to the NCAA Tournament in 16 of 17 seasons at the school.