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Steve Lavin Assumes NYC Throne

Steve Lavin¬†will be hired as the head coach at St. John’s, and most likely lead to this first impression: “Thank goodness it’s not Paul Hewitt. He would have killed the recruiting trail there.”

Lavin’s a West Coast guy; what would he know about hitting the Empire State trail?

Actually, the ex-ESPN analyst should scare Big East recruiters. Especially after his opening press conference.

“I want assistants who are strong in the Northeast with recruiting ties and I want to look for people who have had experience as a head coach.”

Lavin knows what he needs to do. But how about his recruiting history?

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Per Wikipedia, it doesn’t get much better for guys scouring the five boroughs.

At UCLA, Lavin and his staff recruited and signed the No. 1 rated recruiting class in the country in 1998 and 2001. Lavin signed seven McDonaldÕs High School All-Americans. Seven of LavinÕs former Bruin recruits are currently roster members of NBA teams. As a result, the Bruins have the longest collegiate streak in the country of consecutive years having a player drafted to the NBA.

Crap. He recruited Baron Davis and Trevor Ariza.

Well at least he’s not a high-profile guy who looks flashy and attracts recruits. Oh wait, he worked at ESPN… and he has a smoking hot actress wife (pictured).

I mean really… She was an¬†Entourage girl.

Is Juli’s title in jeopardy? Does the Orange have to put it’s guard up?

Lavin has the recruiting tools, the star power, and the slicked-back hair to turn MSG into a college arena. The Johnnies are back in play.


The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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