St. John’s and head coach Steve Lavin ‘mutually agree’ to part ways, according to ESPN’s Dana O’Neil:
St Johns announces Steve Lavin out as head coach. Mutually agree to part ways
— Dana O'Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) March 27, 2015
Lavin was 85-55 in five seasons at St. John’s, including two NCAA Tournament births. As recently as last week, the Red Storm were in talks with Lavin for an extension. Now Lavin should have plenty of options in a coaching market that is becoming more wide open by the day. DePaul, Alabama, and Arizona State already have head coaching vacancies with more expected in the coming days. Texas and Indiana could be options as well, as both programs have coaches on the hot seat in Rick Barnes and Tom Crean, respectively.
Before leading St. John’s, Lavin worked as an analyst with ESPN between coaching stints, so that appears to be a natural option as well. Regardless, the coaching carousel is already in full swing with over two weeks still left in the season.
With all the open options, Lavin may have a choice between coaching and TV once again. There is no word on his or St. John’s search yet, but stay tuned to Today’s U for further updates on the directions of both. St. John’s should be moving quickly if it hopes to be first in line competing against all the other openings.