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Kareem Richardson, a 1992 Rantoul Township High School graduate, is one of five finalists for the vacant Eastern Illinois University men's basketball head coach position.
Richardson is an assistant at Xavier, and the Musketeers play Friday night against Baylor in the Sweet 16.
The other finalists for the job are David Cason, an assistant coach at Vanderbilt, who played college basketball at Illinois State; Brian Fish, an assistant coach at Oregon; Doug Novsek, an associate head coach at Nevada who is from Lawrenceville and was runner-up for Illinois' Mr. Basketball in 1982 before he played collegiately at Southern Illinois; and Jay Spoonhour.
Spoonhour is the head coach at Moberly Area Community College and is the son of the late Charlie Spoonhour, a longtime college basketball coach.
Each of the five finalists will interview at Eastern Illinois in the next two weeks based on their availability, according to a press release issued by the university.
Richardson, who played collegiately at East Carolina and Evansville, is in his first season with Xavier and has never been a head coach.
Previously, he was an assistant at Drake, Missouri-Kansas City, Evansville, Wright State, Indiana State and Indianapolis.