Rick Pitino may not be done coaching on the sidelines of Madison Square Garden.
The former Knicks coach, who most recently coached in the United States at Louisville, has expressed interest in the St. John's head coaching job, according to the New York Post, and has reached out to the school. Current Red Storm coach Chris Mullin's future with the program is currently unknown, but the Post reported Monday that he'll be stepping down.
The embattled Pitino was fired from Louisville after being caught up in a "pay for play" scandal between adidas and potential players. The end of his tenure with the Cardinals, which began in 2001, was tumultuous and mired by an escort sex scandal. But on the court, the 66-year-old helped lead Louisville to the 2013 national title.
Pitino, a New York native, led the Knicks for two seasons (1987-1989) before returning to the college ranks (he eventually went back to the the NBA and coached the Celtics from 1997-2001). He's taken three college programs to the Final Four (Louisville, Kentucky and Providence) and won his first championship at Kentucky in 1996.
In December, Pitino was named coach of Panathinaikos B.C. in Greece. He has, however, expressed a desire to return to coaching in the U.S.
He is not the only candidate St. John's could be eyeing, per the report. Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley -- a New Jersey native -- is an option, as is former Golden State coach Mark Jackson, who played for St. John's from 1983-87 and is currently an NBA analyst for ESPN.
Mullin, 55, is 59-73 over four seasons with the Red Storm. He is reportedly seeking a contract extension with two years and $4 million left on his current deal.
St. John's was one of the last four teams to make the NCAA Tournament this season and lost its First Four matchup against Arizona State -- Hurley's team.
UPDATE (3:16 p.m.)
In a text message to SNY contributor Adam Zagoria, Pitino said he'd elevate to the program to the "elite level" not seen since legendary coach Lou Carnesecca held the reigns. He also demanded an apology from the Southern District of New York for their involvement in the adidas case against him.