Steve Lavin Takes Over at St. John's; Pitino Gets Four-Year Extension at Louisville

**Click the Video Player at right for SNY’s interview with Steve Lavin**

The Steve Lavin Era at St. John’s has officially begun.

The former UCLA coach took over at the Queens school on Tuesday and reportedly agreed to a six-year deal worth between $9-9.5 million.

The school will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

As of about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lavin told 1050 ESPN he had received 286 text messages from people congratulating him and inquiring about staff possibilities.

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**In other Big East coaching news, Rick Pitino got a four-year extension at Louisville, so forget about him going to the Nets.


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