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Search focusing on three assistant coaches

MONROE, La. -- Louisiana-Monroe has narrowed its search for
a new men's basketball coach to three finalists, athletic director
Bobby Staub said Monday.

Scott Edgar, an assistant coach at Alabama-Birmingham; Orlando
Early, an assistant at Alabama; and Andy Kennedy, the associate
head coach at Cincinnati, will all interview again this week, Staub
said.

Edgar, who will interview on Tuesday, recently completed his
third season as an assistant with the Blazers. During those three
seasons, UAB has advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice -- 2005,
second round; 2004, Sweet 16 -- and a NIT quarterfinal
appearance in 2003.

Early, who'll interview on Wednesday, just completed his fourth
season as an assistant with the Crimson Tide. During the four
seasons, Alabama has advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four years
and won the 2002 SEC regular season championship.

Kennedy, who will interview on Thursday, joined the Cincinnati
staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in 2001 and was
promoted to associate head coach in 2004.