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Loyola has two finalists for coaching job, will announce pick Friday

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Loyola said it will announce on Friday its choice to replace former men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos.

Villanova assistant Raphael Chillious is a finalist for the post, according to a source with knowledge of the search. Loyola assistant G.G. Smith is also a finalist, the source said.

Chillious, who is originally from Olney, joined Villanova coach Jay Wright in August 2012 following three seasons at Washington. He played at Lafayette, graduating in 1996.

Smith, the son of Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith and a former player at Georgia, has been with Loyola for six seasons as an assistant.

The announcement is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

Smith emerged quickly as a candidate when Patsos left a week ago to become Siena's coach. But the search has continued.

According to multiple sources, Loyola hired Parker Executive Search — an Atlanta-based firm — to aid in the process.

The Greyhounds were 23-12 last season under Patsos. Their season ended with a loss to East Carolina in the quarterfinals of the Collegeinsider.com tournament.

Patsos spent the past nine years at Loyola, leading it to consecutive seasons of 20 or more wins for the first time in its Division I history.

Loyola — whose athletic director, Jim Paquette, arrived in 2010 — is leaving the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the Patriot League beginning in the 2013-14 season.

The school said Paquette would not comment on the new coach until Friday's news conference.

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