Posted on: March 30, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2010 4:14 pm
Steve Lavin, as expected, has agreed to be the next basketball coach at St. John's, a school official confirmed to CBSSports.com on Tuesday.
An official announcement is expected later Tuesday.
Lavin coached at UCLA from 1996 to 2003 and made five Sweet 16s. The California native has been an analyst at ESPN for the past six years. He replaces Norm Roberts, who was fired earlier this month after six seasons that featured zero NCAA tournament appearances.
It'll be interesting to see what Lavin does with his staff considering he has no east coast experience. A source told CBSSports.com Lavin will likely try to hire Manhattan coach Barry "Slice" Rohrssen to be his top assistant. Lavin could also target Arizona assistant Emanuel "Book" Richardson, a Queens native who used to be the director of basketball for the New York Gauchos summer program that produces high-major talent each year.
Posted on: March 30, 2010 1:19 am
Former UCLA coach Steve Lavin had what a source told CBSSports.com was a "very productive and positive dialogue" with St. John's officials Monday night, and the discussion is expected to continue Tuesday. If all goes well, Lavin could be introduced as the Red Storm's next coach by Wednesday.
St. John's has been looking for a coach since it fired Norm Roberts on March 19.
Lavin coached UCLA from 1996-2003.
He's now an analyst at ESPN.
Posted on: March 26, 2010 4:35 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2010 4:38 pm
Seth Greenberg has agreed to terms on a new deal with Virginia Tech that effectively eliminates him as a candidate at St. John's, the school announced Friday.
“I am pleased that Coach Greenberg will continue his mission at Virginia Tech and will lead the Hokies for the next six seasons,” said Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver. “He has done an outstanding job in creating a program and environment that has the Hokies competitive year in and year out in the ACC. Under Coach Greenberg’s tutelage, the Hokies have the fourth-best regular season record in the ACC and he has created one of the best programs in the country.”
Greenberg has spent seven seasons at Virginia Tech.
He has a 132-94 record in that span.
Posted on: March 26, 2010 1:56 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2010 2:03 pm
St. John's search for Norm Roberts' successor continues with the school set to interview two ACC coaches.
Multiple sources have said Boston College's Al Skinner will interview, and the New York Times is reporting that Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg will also meet with St. John's officials. Greenberg has been perceived as a candidate since Roberts was fired. He's clearly the top target now that Florida's Billy Donovan has rejected overtures and Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt has passed on the opportunity to move to the Big East school.
Roberts coached six seasons at St. John's.
He's now serving as an analyst for CBSSports.com on March Madness on Demand broadcasts.
Posted on: March 25, 2010 1:35 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2010 2:53 pm
Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt has passed on the opportunity to coach St. John's.
A source told CBSSports.com that Hewitt informed school officials Thursday after basically concluding that the job he has now (Georgia Tech) is better than the job he could've had in the next few seasons (St. John's). Beyond that, Hewitt's buyout at Georgia Tech is roughly $7 million, meaning the worst case scenario has him walking with a huge check if Georgia Tech decides to fire him in the coming years.
St. John's will now turn its attention to secondary candidates, perhaps Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg. Cornell's Steve Donahue is another possible candidate, although he has said many times he won't discuss anything with anybody until the Big Red's season is complete. They play Kentucky late Thursday in the Sweet 16.
St. John's is looking for a coach to replace Norm Roberts.
He was fired last week after six seasons.
Posted on: March 23, 2010 2:24 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2010 2:39 pm
St. John's officials have received permission to speak about the school's coaching vacancy with Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt, a New York native who might be willing to move back home after 10 seasons in Atlanta.
Hewitt has made five NCAA tournaments -- including the 2004 national title game -- but endured criticism in recent years because of a lack of postseason success. A source told CBSSports.com that no meeting is yet scheduled and that the parties will not meet Tuesday. Wednesday is more likely, according to the source.
St. John's fired Norm Roberts last week.
Hewitt led Georgia Tech to a 23-13 record this season.
The Yellow Jackets lost to Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Posted on: March 19, 2010 9:57 am
Edited on: March 19, 2010 10:17 am
NEW YORK -- St. John's has confirmed it is parting ways with Norm Roberts.
An official announcement will come at a Friday news conference.
Roberts spent six seasons at St. John's and never finished better than 11th in the Big East, which ultimately led to this decision. But the former Kansas assistant will be remembered as the man who restored integrity to the program after the Mike Jarvis era left St. John's on probation. Every player Roberts enrolled reportedly graduated or is on pace to graduate, and there were no off-the-court issues on his watch. In other words, though it's often said after someone is fired, Roberts really did leave the program in better shape than he found it. He just didn't win enough. So a change was made.
Posted on: March 11, 2010 9:17 am
Edited on: March 11, 2010 9:21 am
St. John's will buy Norm Roberts out of his contract to avoid bringing him back to the Big East school for a seventh season, the New York Post reported Thursday morning.
The report comes a day after the Red Storm lost in the second round of the Big East tournament.
They are 17-15 this season and hoping for a NIT bid.
Roberts' record through six seasons is 81-100.
According to The Post, St. John's officials are interested in Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, a New York native on the verge of taking the Hokies to the NCAA tournament for the second time. Virginia Tech is the No. 4 seed in the ACC tournament. The Hokies will play either Wake Forest or Miami on Friday afternoon.