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May 2, 2013

Toole gets contract extension

It was only a matter of time.

Robert Morris and men's basketball coach Andy Toole have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will push his contract through the 2017-2018 season. The school will officially announce the deal at a press conference at noon on Friday. The news was first reported by 93.7 The Fan.

Toole is 68-36 through three seasons at Robert Morris, including a regular season Northeast Conference championship, two NEC championship game appearances, a CIT appearance, and an NIT appearance. Though he's yet to take Robert Morris to the NCAA Tournament, Toole guided the Colonials to what might be the program's most significant win when the Robert Morris upset Kentucky in the first round of the NIT earlier this year.

That game, played at RMU's Sewall Center, garnered national attention for the unique situation of a small school hosting one of the nation's premier programs and for the way RMU pulled out the victory.

Toole was hired prior to the 2010-2011 season after three seasons at RMU as an assistant under Mike Rice. He was a candidate for the vacant Siena job earlier this spring, a job that eventually went to Loyola (MD) coach Jimmy Patsos. Robert Morris athletic director Craig Coleman vowed to do everything within the university's power to offer Toole a competitive counteroffer if need be.

Robert Morris loses Velton Jones and Russell Johnson to graduation, and rising senior guard Coron Williams recently announced his plan to graduate and transfer to Wake Forest as a fifth-year senior. But the Colonials bring back leading scorer Karvel Anderson, rapidly improving junior-to-be Lucky Jones, as well as point guard Anthony Myers-Pate and forward Mike McFadden. Robert Morris will also bring back forward Lijah Thompson, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

The Colonials have five recruits signed to letters of intent, including two three-star prospects in Jeremiah Worthem and Kavon Stewart.

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