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Steve Lavin's difficult task at St. John's

Originally Published: September 17, 2010
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- When Steve Lavin thought about exchanging his catbird perch in the analyst's chair for the hot seat of the head coach's chair, he called the two men whose opinions he values more than anyone's: his father and his coaching mentor.

Cap Lavin, an English teacher by trade and a Renaissance man by birth, reached into his bag of linguistic tricks to try to express how he felt without being harsh.

"Let's see, let me put it this way -- he knew that both his ...

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