NEW YORK (WFAN) — St. John’s has floundered without Steve Lavin’s leadership on the bench — and it appears he isn’t close to returning.

According to the New York Post, Lavin “will most probably not” return to coach the Red Storm in 2012.

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Assistant Mike Dunlap has led the 7-7 Johnnies in Lavin’s absence.

The 47-year-old missed his ninth straight game Tuesday night as he recovers from prostate cancer surgery on Oct. 6.

Lavin told WFAN’s Mike Francesa in November that he is cancer-free, but his stamina isn’t quite to the point where he can coach.

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“That is where our concentration lies as the University community,”  St. John’s president Fr. Donald J. Harrington told the Post in a statement. “Our fans and supporters all look forward to his return when he and his doctors deem he is 100 percent ready to resume his full-time coaching duties.”

Lavin has been focusing instead on the recruitment of top talent to the university.

“I will continue a modified schedule with duties that include being at practices, recruiting the 2012 class and attending certain games,” Lavin said in a statement Tuesday.

Last season under Lavin, St. John’s made their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2002.

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