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Lavin could be a candidate for the Longhorns when the job opens up

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Head coach Steve Lavin and the St. John’s Red Storm decided to part ways.

Lavin is now the top head coaching candidate on the market. Earlier this week, it was reported that St. John’s and Lavin was working on a contract extension, so it had to shock the basketball community that he’s now available.

If the Texas Longhorns job becomes available, which it appears like it will be, Lavin should definitely be a candidate unless he wants to take a break. After being fired by UCLA, he took time away to work for ESPN as a college basketball analyst.

Lavin was the Red Storm’s head coach for five years. He was 92-72 in New York, and had to take some time off as he was fighting cancer.

He has a career 237-150 record in 12-years between the UCLA Bruins and the Red Storm. He was 145-78 in seven years in Westwood.

During his coaching career, his teams have only won the conference championship once and has made the NCAA March Madness tournament eight times.

In the tournament, his teams are 11-8.

Rick Barnes, who has been the head coach, for the past 18-years and is expected to learn his fate in the coming days. .com has said that he’s expected to return; however, other media reports say that he won’t return.

Athletic Director Steve Patterson and Barnes are fighting over getting rid of assistant coaches, who have been with Barnes for years. Barnes is loyal to them, and this may cost him his coaching position.

It is similar to what happened with Mack Brown, who refused to let long-time assistant coaches ago. It would ultimately cost him his job before Charlie Strong took over.

Now, Brown is a college football analyst. If Barnes is fired and can’t find a coaching position, he’ll likely join ESPN’s college basketball staff, as well.


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