Not only did the St. John’s Red Storm fall to the Louisville Cardinals last night, they did so while their coach was mourning the loss of his father. Assistant coach Rico Hines, who has no head coaching experience at any level, has been holding down the fort while Steve Lavin has been in San Francisco for his father’s passing.
The school has announced that Lavin plans on returning to New York on Sunday and resume coaching practices the following day. If this was to be true, Lavin’s first game back would be against the South Florida Bulls.
The Johnnies are on a two game skid, and with the season winding down, find themselves on the wrongest side of the bubble. The Red Storm are more than likely not even considered on the bubble at this point and will need a strong run at the end of the season as well as the Big East tournament to have a realistic chance to make the NCAA tournament.
With five games left, three of which are against ranked teams, the Johnnies have a tough road ahead of them. However, Lavin has dealt with beating the hell out of cancer and losing his father in just a year’s time. A tough schedule will look like pieces of delicious cupcakes to him as this will be the easiest thing he has had to deal with in some time.
The Bubble, a tough schedule, maybe missing the NCAA Tournament…
Steve Lavin ain’t got time for that.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports who primarily covers the Catholic Seven. Follow Joe on the Twitter Machine @JosephNardone