Mason is from Jersey City. I know Staten Island is only a short drive away, but it is home. Also, while no one is going to confuse Saint Peter's with great resources, I'd have to imagine that after this year's run, there was more (Booster?) money available than there was 4 years ago when the job was last open.Apparently he's getting a pay bump...but I really have to wonder if there's something going on at Wagner (thinking along the lines of budget issues) to move to a place like St. Peter's...which also has budget issues and isn't going to see some big windfall. Though, Mason has done well recruiting the same region, just can't get over the hump at Wagner, maybe he figures take this job, use it to get some juice in the portal, get lucky and beat or hope Iona doesn't stand in his way, get an NCAA bid, then take off for another gig after 2-3 seasons? I thought he would have been a very good fit at Stony Brook once they move on from Geno in a year or two. Maybe his goal is to jump from Staten Island to Jersey City to Long Island? Who knows. I guess in fairness he had a team full of super seniors who made up basically their entire rotation, so maybe he figures leave before he takes a dip in the W-L record too?
But, hey good on St. Peter's for luring away a sitting head coach...how much is he going to capitalize or not, TBD.
But yeah, this is a pretty terrible look for Wagner and the NEC as a whole.