On the quiet campus 80 miles northwest of Minneapolis, the bookstore sells T-shirts with pictures of Gagliardi throughout his coaching career and the word "Legend." There is no statue of Gagliardi on St. John's campus, which is nestled amid prairies, lakes and forest and encloses an abbey. Yet.
Gagliardi will remain on the staff until his contract expires June 30, 2013. The search process for his replacement begins immediately.
And Gagliardi has a search of his own to begin. He said he doesn't know what he's going to do without the job that has in many ways defined him for three quarters of his life.
"It's unchartered territory for me," Gagliardi said. "Who knows what I'm going to face?"
He is looking forward to getting up in the stands at Clemens Stadium to see the view he's been missing all these years.
"I'll get up there and know everything," he deadpanned, "just like the fans always seem to do."
Associated Press Writer Amy Forliti contributed to this report.