Former ESPN Analyst Fighting Prostate Cancer

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By Marcus Vanderberg

Former ESPN college basketball analyst and St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin announced Friday he’s battling prostate cancer.

The 46-year-old Lavin was diagnosed last September but doctors told him he could delay treatment until after the season.

“My family feels fortunate that through annual health exams, we detected my condition at an early stage,” said Lavin in a statement. “This past fall I didn’t want to distract our team, but with the season behind us, we are now working with medical experts and taking the proper steps to tackle this health challenge head on.”

Lavin will begin treatment in the coming weeks and is under the care of Dr. Jonathan Schiff, a New York urologist. Prior to leading the Red Storm to a 21-12 record in 2010, Lavin spent seven years working at ESPN.