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Big Gene in the Big Apple?

Since Steve Lavin took the head coaching job at St. John's back in late March, there had been rumblings about former Purdue basketball coach Gene Keady going to join Lavin in an advisory capacity. Until Thursday, that's all they had been - rumors. But Keady, at the Fort Wayne Country Club to participate in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters dinner and golf outing, confirmed that, yes, he may be moving to New York - for six months, anyway. Keady said he spent three days in New York last week and liked what he saw. An avid Yankees fan, the lure of Yankee Stadium plus the idea of getting back onto a basketball floor - even as a consultant - might be too good to pass up for Keady, a spry 74. Without his wife, Pat, who died 13 months ago, Keady spends his winters attending the home Purdue basketball games, traveling with the team when possible, and serving as a college basketball analyst on the Big Ten Network. If he goes to St. John's, he needs three demands met: His salary, his hotel room to be paid for, and someone to care for his toy poodle, Queen.

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