Bobby Hurley says he will remain the head coach of Arizona State amid reports of objections from St. John & # 39; s.
Hurley has spent the past four seasons at Arizona State, leading the Sun Devils to the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons.
The sources told ESPN that Hurley was expected to be the main target of St. John's after Chris Mullin retired as coach earlier this week.
"I'm grateful to the president [Michael] Raven and [athletic director] Ray Anderson entrusted me with directing the basketball program at Arizona State, "Hurley wrote in a statement. My family and I are proud to be Sun Devils and we want to stay at Arizona State for a long time. We are in talks to extend our agreement and I look forward to continuing to build our program for long-term success.
"I will not have more public comments on the status of my contract until our agreement is finalized, Thank you, Sun Devil Nation."
With Hurley out of the race, Tim Cluess of Iona is expected to be the main candidate for St. John's work, the sources told ESPN.
Cluess has led the Gaels to the NCAA tournament in six of his nine seasons in charge, including the last four years, although Iona has always lost in the first round.