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St. John's confirms extension talks with head coach Steve Lavin

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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With St. John's still hoping to make a push toward the NCAA Tournament, the Red Storm are also looking at a little offseason business.

The school confirmed on Friday evening that they are in talks with head coach Steve Lavin about a contract extension.

“Steve is coming to the end of the fourth year in his initial six-year contract and it is an appropriate time to discuss an extension," athletic director Chris Monasch said in a statement. "We have certainly had preliminary talks and look forward to revisiting the matter at the conclusion of the season."

Lavin arrived in Queens in 2010, signing a six-year deal worth $1.45 million per year. St. John's reached the NCAA Tournament in his first season at the helm, but went just 30-35 in the next two seasons.

“We are pleased with the progress our basketball program has made. I look forward to being the coach at St. John's for the long-term," Lavin said in the release. "At this point our full attention is on having a strong finish to this season, which in turn will help our recruiting efforts as we move forward."

The Red Storm are 19-11 heading into Saturday's game against Marquette. They are squarely on the bubble.

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