- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - St. John’s coach Steve Lavin won’t accompany his team to Thursday night’s game at No. 1 Kentucky, the third straight game and fourth this season he’s missed while recovering from prostate cancer surgery.

Lavin, who had surgery Oct. 6, said he is cancer-free but his stamina has not improved enough for him to coach in games. He said there is no date for him to return to the bench with the Red Storm (4-3).

He missed the season opener, but was on the bench for four games before missing last week’s win over St. Francis, N.Y., and loss to Northeastern at home.

The second-year coach says he will keep working with his doctors as he follows a modified schedule.

Assistant coach Mike Dunlap will serve as head coach of the Red Storm in Lavin’s absence.