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St. John’s Has Amazing Staff Depth, Apparently

Acting head coach Mike Dunlap of the St. John's Red Storm looks on against the UCLA Bruins at Madison Square Garden on February 18, 2012 in New York City. Trading up.

One of the reasons given for St. John's struggles last year was the chaos caused by head coach Steve Lavin's illness, which forced him to miss most of the season. His replacement was assistant coach Mike Dunlap, whose highest-profile job at that point had been head coach of Metro State, which is a college, we guess. Dunlap was all set to fall back to assistant with Lavin back this year ... except out of nowhere, the Charlotte Bobcats offered him their head coaching job last night. (He accepted, obviously.) Michael Jordan himself hired Dunlap, who is not well known in basketball circles but is supposedly "high-energy." (It is rare a new coaching hire is described as "slothlike" and "full of boundless lethargy.") Anyway, Dunlap — who once ran a 100-mile race, which is just wrong — is heading to Charlotte, and Lavin has a pretty solid pitch for new assistants.

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