Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole, one of the hottest names in the coaching carousel, has decided to remain with the Colonials, the school announced on Friday night.
“We’re thrilled that Andy has decided to remain at RMU,” Robert Morris athletic director Craig Coleman said in a statement. “He has accomplished a great deal with our program, and we have full confidence that he can take our program to even greater heights.”
Toole is 110-66 since taking over the program in 2010. He helped Robert Morris reach the 2015 NCAA Tournament after back-to-back appearances in the NIT the two previous seasons. The Colonials defeated North Florida in the First Four before being eliminated by No. 1 Duke in the Round of 64.
Toole had been in contention for the Fordham vacancy. The Rams parted ways with Tom Pecora after five seasons. Fordham, which hasn’t had a winning record since 2007, actually has some young talent on the roster. However, the Rams’ future took a hit when their top player, Eric Paschall, the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, was granted his release, as he will explore other options.
Fordham received some discouraging news on Monday as freshman guard Eric Paschall, the Atlantic 10’s Rookie of the Year, has received permission to speak to other schools.
The 6-foot-6 Paschall averaged a team-leading 15.9 points per game and also grabbed 5.5 rebounds a contest. He announced the latest in his recruitment on Twitter and also said that the Rams were still in the mix.
I have been granted Permission to Contact, which means my recruitment is now open.
“There are two or three that he’s really interested in — schools he knows,” Juan Paschall said to Thomson. “I know some of those coaches. I know what they’re about. Now it’s just a matter of us visiting those schools.”
With head coach Tom Pecora getting fired, Paschall would be wise to look at all of his options to continue his career. With three years of eligibility left, Paschall could be a hot commodity in recruiting this spring.
Mandell Thomas, Christian Sengfelder lead Fordham past Saint Joseph’s (VIDEO)
On a day in which their 1974-75 team, which won the ECAC Holiday Festival, was honored, Fordham put forth one of its best performances of the season in their 69-55 win over Saint Joseph’s on NBCSN.
Mandell Thomas led four Fordham (7-16, 2-10) starters in double figures with 20 points, and Christian Sengfelder’s 15 points and nine rebounds helped the Rams make up for the fact that freshman forward Eric Paschall shot 3-for-14 from the field. As a team Fordham shot 48.1% from the field and 8-for-16 from three, and they assisted on 19 of their 26 field goals.
DeAndre Bembry led the Hawks (11-13, 5-7) with 18 points, but he shot 7-for-18 from the field. Isaiah Miles added 12 points, but he was the only other double-digit scorer for a Saint Joseph’s team that once again struggled offensively. Phil Martelli’s team shot 34.5% from the field and 7-for-28 from three as they failed to win a third straight game.
Gilvydas Biruta’s putback as time expires saves Rhode Island (VIDEO)
With the calendar approaching the month of February, the college basketball season is at a point where teams with hopes of earning a trip to the NCAA tournament find themselves working to avoid the damaging loss that could come back to haunt them come Selection Sunday. For Rhode Island, a program that hasn’t been to the Big Dance since 1999, Wednesday’s game at Fordham was one they had to get.
Dan Hurley’s Rams trailed for most of the night, and after Mandell Thomas made two free throws with nine seconds remaining URI trailed Fordham 63-62. E.C. Matthews got two shots at the game-winner, with the second being an off-balance shot that didn’t even draw iron.
The good news was that senior forward Gilvydas Biruta was well-positioned for the follow, which he made as time expired. URI moved to 14-5 (6-2 Atlantic 10) with the 64-63 victory, and next up is an opportunity at a quality win as George Washington visits Kingston on Saturday.