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Sunday, March 16
Updated: March 17, 11:40 AM ET
 
Field of candidates to replace Lavin already forming

ESPN.com news services

Steve Lavin expects to be formally fired sometime Monday -- no later than Tuesday -- after knowing the past three months his tenure as UCLA's coach was over once the season ended.

Lavin told ESPN.com that all that is left is the official paperwork to be processed. He wasn't sure if athletics director Dan Guerrero has even scheduled an exit meeting.

Pittsburgh's Ben Howland, Gonzaga's Mark Few and San Diego's Brad Holland are three candidates expected among a likely crowded field for the job.

Howland, Utah coach Rick Majerus and Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown, former Bruins coach, have expressed interest to UCLA through third parties, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

The big question for UCLA: Will the Bruins come up with a $1 million package that could draw the interest of higher profile candidates like Brown.

UCLA finished with a 10-19 record, its first losing season in 55 years. Lavin has a 145-78 record and took the Bruins to the final 16 of the NCAA Tournament five times. The Bruins' streak of 14 straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament also came to an end.

The Bruins stunned top-ranked Arizona in overtime on Thursday in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals before losing to Oregon a day later 75-74.

Asked after that game if it was his last as UCLA coach, Lavin told reporters, "Let's put it this way, I'm probably not up for national or Pac-10 coach of the year honors."

Lavin told the Orange County Register he believes Howland or Few would be the most logical choices to succeed him.

"Wherever I am next year," Lavin said Friday, "I'll flip on my television and I'll still be watching UCLA. I'll be pulling so hard for these guys."




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