Former St. John's men's basketball head coach Mike Anderson will sue the school after he was fired for cause, according to ESPN's Myron Medcalf.

Meanwhile, the program is in "serious" talks with Iona's Rick Pitino to succeed Anderson in the role, per ESPN's Jeff Borzello and Pete Thamel.

According to Medcalf, St. John's termination letter to Anderson after it fired him March 10 said he was let go because of a "failure to create and support an environment that strongly encourages student-athletes who are in the men's basketball program to meet all university academic requirements."

Additionally, it cited a "failure to perform your duties and responsibilities in a manner that reflected positively on St. John's University … in actions [that] brought serious discredit" to the school, as well as a "failure to appropriately supervise and communicate with your assistant coaches."