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Big East Coaching Rumors: March 28

There's been some action on the DePaul and St. John's coaching fronts today.

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As the coaching carousel continues to spin, here are all your Big East coaching rumors in one place.

St. John's

  • The New York Post reports there is mutual interest between Manhattan coach Steve Masiello and St. John's. Masiello has done a great job at Manhattan, taking them to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons. He is a native New Yorker and coached under Rick Pitino before going to Manhattan.
  • The Post also reports that St. John's top recruit this year, Brandon Sampson, will wait to see who the Red Storm hire before deciding if he wants to play there or not. Sampson reopened his recruitment after Steve Lavin and St. John's parted ways, and heard from "double-digit schools", per his high school coach.
  • SNY's Adam Zagoria reports that Minnesota coach Richard Pitino has no interest in the job.
  • More from Zagoria: Rysheed Jordan will be waiting to see what Chris Obekpa does and who the new coach is before making any decisions on his future.


  • Zagoria also notes that Bobby Hurley will interview at DePaul today, while Valparaiso's Bryce Drew will interview tomorrow. They are believed to be the two leading candidates for the Blue Demons.
  • We Are DePaul mentions that former St. John's coach Steve Lavin isn't a candidate for the job.
  • The Chicago Tribune's David Haugh reports that former DePaul coach, and current Tulsa assistant, Dave Leiato, is a candidate for the job.
  • We Are DePaul adds on to Haugh's report, noting that Leiato was in the Chicago area today and interviewed for the job.


  • There has been no update on the Chris Holtmann/Tennessee talks today, but the Indianapolis Star's Michael Pointer points out that, while the details aren't released on Holtmann's contract, it's widely believed Holtmann is the Big East's lowest-paid coach.