Loyola's Patsos declines offer to join Lavin at St. John's

Jimmy Patsos' flirtation with the Big Apple turned out to be brief. The Loyola coach said this morning he has declined an opportunity to join Steve Lavin at St. John's and will remain in Baltimore.

"I'm very lucky to be at Loyola, and I really want to coach at Loyola," Patsos said. "I think the future is really bright, and we're on the verge of being really good."

Lavin was named St. John's coach on Wednesday. On Thursday, Patsos met with his former boss, Maryland coach Gary Williams, in Indianapolis at the Final Four to gain perspective. Williams essentially told Patsos he needed to stay at Loyola.

"The only person I went to for advice was Gary," Patsos said. "He explained to me very quickly why I have a good situation at Loyola. He said 'You have a great job, you've done a great job.'"

Patsos attended a meeting of national coaches in Indianapolis Friday, then planned to return to Baltimore to meet with Loyola's new director of athletics, Jim Paquette.

"I want to let the new AD know how happy I am to be at Loyola," Patsos said.

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