St. John’s Wednesday night was knocked out of the NIT Basketball Tournament, losing to the Memphis Tigers 73-71 on a last-second layup. The loss also most likely ended Norm Roberts coaching career with the Red Storm.
Rumors have been swirling around the embattled Roberts since St. John’s was ousted from the Big East Tournament last week. In reality, the rumors started way before that when it became apparent the Red Storm would not get an NCAA Tournament at-large bid.
Roberts is 81-100 in six seasons at St. John’s. The New York Post reported last week that sources said the university would not allow him to return for a seventh season.
Roberts is a New York guy, but was never able to land area recruits as they left to Villanova, West Virginia and UConn. Instead, he relied on junior college transfers to build the team. That, however, has not worked.
Several names have been tossed around to replace Roberts, including Virginia Tech’s Seth Greenberg, Hofstra’s Tom Pecora, Siena’s Fran McCaffery and Harvard’s Tommy Amaker.
It is highly unlikely St. John’s would pursue Bobby Gonzalez, who was just fired by Seton Hall partly because of his conduct.
St. John’s is one of the winningest college basketball programs in the nation, but has never won a national championship.