Spoonhour to take SEMO job?

Missouri fans may soon be saying good bye to one of the most visable faces from the Tigers 2005-06 staff. Inside sources are confirming that Jay Spoonhour is the leading candidate to become the new head coach at Southeast Missouri State University.

One of four former head coaches of Missouri's bench this season, Jay Spoonhour appears to be the front-runner for the Southeast Missouri University head coaching job according to sources close to the situation.

Spoonhour became an impressive symbol of the Missouri basketball program early this season when he handled the post-game commentary duties for former head coach Quin Snyder. Spoonhour's straight-forward analysis and ability to communicate smoothly quickly made him a Missouri fan favorite this season.

Along with his broadcasting duties, Spoonhour was involved with various administrative tasks, such as scouting and recruiting video coordination, and assisting the coaching staff.

Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at UNLV for three seasons. He helped the Runnin' Rebels to a 60-35 mark while qualifying for the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2003 and 2004. In his last year at UNLV, Spoonhour assumed the role of interim head coach for the last nine games of the regular season and the Mountain West Tournament, leading UNLV to a 6-3 mark during that stint.

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