Another assistant coaching change

Posted: May 2, 2012 at 4:18 am

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A Louisville Courier-Journal report says Kareem Richardson will be named a Louisville assistant today. Richardson will replace Richard Pitino, whos now at Florida International.

Richardson leaves Xavier after one year with the program. He missed 10 games because of a collapsed left lung that required four surgeries.

His departures creates a second staff opening following Rasheen Davis move to Manhattan College. Its been quite a state of flux in the last week with these two announcements, plus the Mark Lyons news, but all three originated for different reasons/opportunities.

Louisvilles news conference is at 3 p.m. today.In the meantime, heres a look back at the story I wrote on Richardson when he returned from the lung crisis.

As Xavier mens basketball assistant coach Kareem Richardson readied himself for the Nov. 15 game against IPFW, he couldnt shake the odd feeling in his upper body.

He chalked it up to heartburn but found the malaise worsening during the Musketeers win.

It was my scout and I was trying to stand up and give instructions and match-ups for guys, and I was getting really short of breath and light-headed, Richardson said.

Team doctors urged him to visit the hospital afterward. Richardson did only to learn he had a collapsed left lung, setting in motion a chain of events that included four surgeries and 12 days in the hospital.

Richardson emerged from the health crisis sore, tired and 20 pounds lighter, but the 37-year-old Evansville graduate said he gained a new perspective during the 10 games he missed. He returned to Cintas Center following the Muskies Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii with a greater appreciation of work-life balance.

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