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EIU Narrows Basketball Coach Search to 5 Finalists
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) -- Eastern Illinois University has narrowed its search for a new men's basketball coach to five finalists.

EIU Athletic Director Barbara Burke announced the list Thursday, saying the five finalists will interview at the Charleston campus within the next two weeks. The new coach will replace Mike Miller, whose contract was renewed after the Panthers finished 12-17 this season and failed to qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.

The list includes Vanderbilt assistant coach David Cason, University of Oregon assistant coach Brian Fish, University of Nevada associate head coach Doug Novsek, Xavier University assistant coach Kareem Richardson and Moberly Area Community College coach Jay Spoonhour.

Former NBA coach Dick Versace also has said he's interested in the position.

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