Lavin: No contact from DePaul

Updated: April 2, 2010, 8:44 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

St. John's coach Steve Lavin said on Friday he was never approached by DePaul to become their head basketball coach.

Lavin, the former UCLA coach who left an analyst job with ESPN to take over St. John's on Tuesday, was rumored to be on DePaul's radar.

"I did express interest, but you don't want to push it, and you don't want to campaign publicly," Lavin said Friday on "The Afternoon Saloon" on ESPN 1000. "It's a fine line. I've got a great love for broadcasting. I'm so grateful to ESPN for having that opportunity to develop a second career. If someone would have said that I would have broadcast into the sunset, like [Bill] Raftery or Dick Vitale and Digger Phelps, that was a very appealing way to finish my career."

Lavin, who had a 145-78 record in seven seasons at UCLA, said he doesn't know where DePaul is in its search for a new coach.

"I'm not really privy to the inside information," Lavin said. "I know [DePaul athletic director] Jean Lenti Ponsetto is being very deliberate in terms of the process. Each university is unique. It's all about fit."

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