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Andy Katz video interview of Coach Mike Anderson 2 weeks 1 day ago #387813

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Mike Anderson: “St. John’s gained experience in a “great, great Big East”. ...... “I am looking forward to next season” ...... “we were playing pretty good basketball at the end of next season” ..... “we are bringing in 5 players who I really like,...... “

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Andy Katz video interview of Coach Mike Anderson 2 weeks 1 day ago #387815

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Needed that.

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Andy Katz video interview of Coach Mike Anderson 2 weeks 1 day ago #387816

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Even when relaxed and casual, his gentlemanliness is such a blessing for us.
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Thanks for posting this, Otis
Great interview - so glad that CMA is our coach
The future of St John's basketball is bright
Let's hope and pray that we can enjoy the 2020-21 season
It should be a pretty good one for us!!!
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Andy Katz video interview of Coach Mike Anderson 2 weeks 16 hours ago #387863

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The optimism surrounding the StJ’s program must be gratifying to CMA.

By all accounts CMA is a good and decent man who no doubt was hurt by his termination at Arkansas.

StJohn’s was not an especially attractive landing spot for the 60 year old but he took a chance os StJohn’s.

CMA knee otherr coaches had failed at StJohn’s. CMA knee that other coaches had passed on St. John’s job After Mullin’s termination yet CMA took the job inheriting a roster with more questions than answers.

CMA assembled players from lower level conferences (Nick Rutherford and Rasheem Dunn), coached up many returning players (Champaignie, Earlington and Caraher), endured key injuries During conference play (Roberts and Heron) , installed his End to end system and Taught a level of discipline not seen at StJohn’s for decades surprising skeptics by finishing the season with real strength..

So here’s hoping that CMA takes a moment to understand just what he accomplish tis season on and off the basketball court by instilling a new culture Of hard work and discipline at StJohn’s. He should be proud of his accomplishments and the respect he has earned from fans who had never heard of him 2 years ago.

I don’t want to wish away time but I can’t wait for next season to see StJohn’s take a further step forward.
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Andy Katz video interview of Coach Mike Anderson 2 weeks 15 hours ago #387867

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otis wrote: The optimism surrounding the StJ’s program must be gratifying to CMA.

By all accounts CMA is a good and decent man who no doubt was hurt by his termination at Arkansas.

StJohn’s was not an especially attractive landing spot for the 60 year old but he took a chance os StJohn’s.

CMA knee otherr coaches had failed at StJohn’s. CMA knee that other coaches had passed on St. John’s job After Mullin’s termination yet CMA took the job inheriting a roster with more questions than answers.

CMA assembled players from lower level conferences (Nick Rutherford and Rasheem Dunn), coached up many returning players (Champaignie, Earlington and Caraher), endured key injuries During conference play (Roberts and Heron) , installed his End to end system and Taught a level of discipline not seen at StJohn’s for decades surprising skeptics by finishing the season with real strength..

So he’ll yes, CMA is a winner and I am glad he chose StJohn’s.

I don’t want to wish away time but I can’t wait for next season to see StJohn’s take a further step forward.


I agree with your post save and except that it was not an especially attractive landing spot. As you pointed out every coach since Coach Lou has been let go for a variety of reasons. Mahoney, Fran, Jarvis, Norm, Lavin and Mullin with 8 NCAA appearances between the six of them in 27 years. If anything expectations were very low and the only place he could go was up which he did. If he fails the whispers about SJU being a coaches grave yard would only continue and it would not be a poor reflection on CMA. If anything for that reason I believe it was an attractive job and CMA has certainly made the best of it to date.

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Andy Katz video interview of Coach Mike Anderson 2 weeks 14 hours ago #387871

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redmannorth wrote: If anything for that reason I believe it was an attractive job and CMA has certainly made the best of it to date.


And with regard to wins and postseason success, I think he'll be the first coach in a long time here to leave the job as an attractive option for a successor when he retires.
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Andy Katz video interview of Coach Mike Anderson 2 weeks 1 hour ago #387878

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otis wrote: The optimism surrounding the StJ’s program must be gratifying to CMA.

By all accounts CMA is a good and decent man who no doubt was hurt by his termination at Arkansas.

StJohn’s was not an especially attractive landing spot for the 60 year old but he took a chance os StJohn’s.

CMA knee otherr coaches had failed at StJohn’s. CMA knee that other coaches had passed on St. John’s job After Mullin’s termination yet CMA took the job inheriting a roster with more questions than answers.

CMA assembled players from lower level conferences (Nick Rutherford and Rasheem Dunn), coached up many returning players (Champaignie, Earlington and Caraher), endured key injuries During conference play (Roberts and Heron) , installed his End to end system and Taught a level of discipline not seen at StJohn’s for decades surprising skeptics by finishing the season with real strength..

So here’s hoping that CMA takes a moment to understand just what he accomplish tis season on and off the basketball court by instilling a new culture Of hard work and discipline at StJohn’s. He should be proud of his accomplishments and the respect he has earned from fans who had never heard of him 2 years ago.

I don’t want to wish away time but I can’t wait for next season to see StJohn’s take a further step forward.

A man’s man...one thing that differentiates CMA from our recent hires is perception of him IMO...I think, to a degree our recent hires were not fully respected, for their coaching chops, by their peers and there might have been a bit of disdain. I think CMA has their respect as well as the gravitas to go head to head with any of them. His teams don’t get bullied.
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Andy Katz video interview of Coach Mike Anderson 2 weeks 1 hour ago #387880

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otis wrote: The optimism surrounding the StJ’s program must be gratifying to CMA.

By all accounts CMA is a good and decent man who no doubt was hurt by his termination at Arkansas.

StJohn’s was not an especially attractive landing spot for the 60 year old but he took a chance os StJohn’s.

CMA knee otherr coaches had failed at StJohn’s. CMA knee that other coaches had passed on St. John’s job After Mullin’s termination yet CMA took the job inheriting a roster with more questions than answers.

CMA assembled players from lower level conferences (Nick Rutherford and Rasheem Dunn), coached up many returning players (Champaignie, Earlington and Caraher), endured key injuries During conference play (Roberts and Heron) , installed his End to end system and Taught a level of discipline not seen at StJohn’s for decades surprising skeptics by finishing the season with real strength..

So he’ll yes, CMA is a winner and I am glad he chose StJohn’s.

I don’t want to wish away time but I can’t wait for next season to see StJohn’s take a further step forward.


I agree with your post save and except that it was not an especially attractive landing spot. As you pointed out every coach since Coach Lou has been let go for a variety of reasons. Mahoney, Fran, Jarvis, Norm, Lavin and Mullin with 8 NCAA appearances between the six of them in 27 years. If anything expectations were very low and the only place he could go was up which he did. If he fails the whispers about SJU being a coaches grave yard would only continue and it would not be a poor reflection on CMA. If anything for that reason I believe it was an attractive job and CMA has certainly made the best of it to date.


It takes guts to come to NYC especially to a team that’s been down for so long. However, Lavin proved that you can recruit high level players to SJ. I liked Lavin, but college coaching is a 50 week a year job that you have to love - it’s an endurance test. Lavin had health challenges and eased up on the accelerator. It doesn’t work in this game.

CMA is a professional coach and, more importantly, has demonstrated that he can revive/build programs. Some have criticized his SEC record. I am actually impressed that, during his tenure, only Kentucky had a better record. More importantly, he accomplished this while playing by the book in a league that is know for cheatIng.
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Andy Katz video interview of Coach Mike Anderson 1 week 4 days ago #387981

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redmannorth wrote:

otis wrote: The optimism surrounding the StJ’s program must be gratifying to CMA.

By all accounts CMA is a good and decent man who no doubt was hurt by his termination at Arkansas.

StJohn’s was not an especially attractive landing spot for the 60 year old but he took a chance os StJohn’s.

CMA knee otherr coaches had failed at StJohn’s. CMA knee that other coaches had passed on St. John’s job After Mullin’s termination yet CMA took the job inheriting a roster with more questions than answers.

CMA assembled players from lower level conferences (Nick Rutherford and Rasheem Dunn), coached up many returning players (Champaignie, Earlington and Caraher), endured key injuries During conference play (Roberts and Heron) , installed his End to end system and Taught a level of discipline not seen at StJohn’s for decades surprising skeptics by finishing the season with real strength..

So he’ll yes, CMA is a winner and I am glad he chose StJohn’s.

I don’t want to wish away time but I can’t wait for next season to see StJohn’s take a further step forward.


I agree with your post save and except that it was not an especially attractive landing spot. As you pointed out every coach since Coach Lou has been let go for a variety of reasons. Mahoney, Fran, Jarvis, Norm, Lavin and Mullin with 8 NCAA appearances between the six of them in 27 years. If anything expectations were very low and the only place he could go was up which he did. If he fails the whispers about SJU being a coaches grave yard would only continue and it would not be a poor reflection on CMA. If anything for that reason I believe it was an attractive job and CMA has certainly made the best of it to date.


Actually I think it is a testament to who Coach is that it probably didn't matter to him what had happened with previous coaches or whether this was a place that could make him look good or look bad. Coach Anderson believes in himself, knows what he's willing to invest and what he is capable of, and knew he could come here and succeed like he has everywhere else he has coached. Big East Conference, MSG home court, NYC, hell yeah I'll take that job and I'll crush it there, my way, not by being somebody else's man but by being who he is. And he's right on track. Hoping they get to play this year and really looking forward to year two of the CMA era!

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