His history of winning and making it to the Sweet Sixteen (five times) had to have helped to motivate this team to forget the frustrating years before his arrival. Let's face it, Lavin took St. John's from infinite sadness to March Madness this year, for that he deserves tons of credit.
And yet now there is nothing but March sadness for Red Storm fans. The dream is over, for now at least, but there is great hope for next year. The seniors on this squad graduate and go off to hopefully bigger and better things, including Kennedy who faces months of rehab before he can get back on a court. Yes, those guys are gone, but we have to trust that the future is in good hands: Steve Lavin's hands.
For that reason more than anything else on this day after the big loss, Red Storm fans should take heart. Yes, no one likes to say it, but there's always next year.
Dwight Hardy - Andrieski/AP
Steve Lavin - Dempsey/AP