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Wednesday / July 6.
  • Lavin, St. John’s Close to Deal

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    Steve Lavin appears on the brink of becoming the next head coach at St. John’s.

    “Everything is looking positive,” a source with knowledge said. “There was a very productive and positive dialogue.”

    Lavin, the former UCLA coach who now works as an ESPN analyst, and St. John’s AD Chris Monasch met Monday and will meet again Tuesday.

    In related news, the Boston Globe reported that Boston College fired Al Skinner last Wednesday, prior to his Friday interview with Monasch.

    The Globe reported that BC has requested permission to speak with Richmond coach Chris Mooney and Cornell coach Steve Donahue to replace Skinner.

    Monasch reportedly told Skinner he was concerned about his lack of New York City connections during the meeting.

    Should Lavin, a West Coast guy, be hired, he would need to bring on assistants who can recruit New York and the neighboring area.

    Manhattan coach Barry Rohrssen has been mentioned as a possible assistant, as has former Virginia coach Dave Leitao, who is also involved with the coaching searches at Hofstra and UNC-Charlotte.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.