Former St. John’s Head Coach Mike Anderson is filing a lawsuit against the Red Storm after he was fired “for cause”. Had he not been fired for cause the program would have owed him $11 million. Anderson is arguing he was wrongfully terminated and is hoping to make that money after being fired. Immediately after firing Anderson, the St. John’s Red Storm was linked to Iona Gaels Head Coach Rick Pitino. A deal has not been reached at this time, but the two sides are speaking and moving closer to a deal at this time.
According to @MedcalfByESPN, St. John’s is attempting to fire Mike Anderson “for cause” — and avoid paying the $11 million they owe him. As a result, Anderson is planning to file a lawsuit against the school. https://t.co/PWb5vFNhhV
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 20, 2023
Mike Anderson said the following about the program’s decision to fire him for cause: “I vehemently disagree with the university’s decision to terminate my contract for cause. The for cause accusation is wholly without merit and I will be aggressively defending my contractual rights through an arbitration process.” It appears that Andrson is willing to fight this as far as he can after being fired.
As the Head Coach of the St. John’s Red Storm, Mike Anderson led the program to an overall record of 68-56 with a Big East record of 30-46. In those four seasons, the team did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament or the NIT. They had a winning record each season but struggled in the Big East with just one 10-9 winning record in conference play.