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Sligthly OT: Steve Lavin/St. Johns

In just his first year at St. Johns Steve Lavin currently has St. Johns ranked number 3 in ESPN’s recruiting class for next season. How long do you think it will be until Lavin has St. Johns battling for the Big East title year after year?

Getting players has never been Lavin’s problem. Getting them to play well together has been.

Not surprised with Lavin’s early success. He is what Penn State desperately needs - a good sales guy who gets the attention of recruits.

[quote="WEARE, post:1, topic:1591"]In just his first year at St. Johns Steve Lavin currently has St. Johns ranked number 3 in ESPN's recruiting class for next season. How long do you think it will be until Lavin has St. Johns battling for the Big East title year after year?[/quote]

Getting players has never been Lavin’s problem. Getting them to play well together has been.

Good point, but I think Lavin has learned from his UCLA experience and understands what his strengths and weaknesses are. He has put together a great staff around him. Even brought Gene Keady on board. Like him or not, Lavin has brought instant credibility to the St John’s program. Something Penn State needs big time.

[quote="WEARE, post:1, topic:1591"]In just his first year at St. Johns Steve Lavin currently has St. Johns ranked number 3 in ESPN's recruiting class for next season. How long do you think it will be until Lavin has St. Johns battling for the Big East title year after year?[/quote]

Getting players has never been Lavin’s problem. Getting them to play well together has been.

Lavin might not be the greatest coach, but he also wasn’t the terrible failure at UCLA some paint him to be (not necessarily you). They had much loftier expectations than he was able to deliver, and the second things went south, they canned him.

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UCLA Bruins (Pacific-10 Conference) (1996–2003)
1996–97 UCLA 24–8 15–3 1 NCAA Elite Eight
1997–98 UCLA 24–9 12–6 3 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1998–99 UCLA 22–9 12–6 3 NCAA Round of 64
1999–00 UCLA 21–12 10–8 4 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000–01 UCLA 23–9 14–4 3 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2001–02 UCLA 21–12 11–7 6 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002–03 UCLA 10–19 6–12 6
UCLA: 145–78 81–48

As mentioned above, I think hiring Keady, even if it is only to help with the in-season coaching, was a GREAT move.

Going south isn’t why they canned him. Avoiding sanctions from the NCAA is why they canned him.

Which is why TC would never have touched Lavin as a potential coach in Happy Valley. TC can handle the losses, but even a hint of wrongdoing would be 1,000% unacceptable.