Report: Al Skinner Falls Behind UCLA’s Steve Lavin in St. John’s Coaching Search

Al Skinner may be coaching the Boston College Eagles next season after all.

According to Boston.com, St. John's officials will meet with UCLA coach Steve Lavin on Monday, and if all goes well, Lavin could be named the school's new men's basketball coach Tuesday.

A previous New York Post report indicated that Al Skinner was a top candidate to replace Norm Roberts at St. John's. Skinner interviewed for the vacant position Friday.

St. John's athletic director Chris Monasch focused on Skinner's staff in his interview with the Eagles head coach, Boston.com reports, citing sources familiar with the situation. Monasch wanted Skinner to hire someone with strong connections in the New York City area, but Skinner said that he wanted to bring his current coaching staff with him to St. John's.

According to Boston.com, Lavin has no issues with Monasch's request, and former University of Virginia coach Dave Leitao could join him in Queens. Leitao resigned last year after posting a 10-18 record with the Cavaliers in the 2009-09 season.

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