Pitt assistant finalist for Eastern Illinois job

Pitt assistant coach Randall McCray is a finalist for the head coaching job at Eastern Illinois, the FCS school has announced.

Eastern Illinois said McCray will be on campus for a formal interview on Friday and Saturday. The Panthers have a bye this week before they play West Virginia on Nov. 25.

McCray is in his first season at Pitt as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach. He has been an assistant for 21 seasons at various schools across the country, but has never been a head coach.

Eastern Illinois is looking for a replacement for Bob Spoo, who is retiring after 25 seasons. The other finalists for the job are: Dino Babers, special teams coordinator at Baylor; Jeff Choate, special teams coordinator at Boise State; and Tulane interim coach Mark Hutson.