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Thursday / June 20.
  • Influential alum Mike Repole calls St. John’s environment ‘toxic,’ calls for President and Vice President to step down

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Mike Repole, the influential St. John’s alumnus who owns BodyArmour SuperDrink, tore his alma mater’s leadership to pieces during an appearance Wednesday on Mike Francesa’s radio show.

    Repole called for University President Bobby Gempesaw and Vice President Joe Oliva to step down, said the University needed to search for a new President and called the current environment at the school “toxic.”

    “‘This is not a New York laughingstock anymore,” he said at one point. “We are now a national embarrassment.”

    As far as the coaching search, Repole said Bobby Hurley “wanted” to come to St. John’s, but the University low-balled him and that it needs to step up and pay a new coach $3-$4 million annually.

    Chris Mullin and the school parted ways April 9, eight days ago, and the school still doesn’t have a coach.

    Here’s the full interview and selected quotes:

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.