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RMU gives Toole 3-year contract extension

| Thursday, May 2, 2013, 3:48 p.m.
Robert Morris coach Andrew Toole cheers on his team during the first half of an NIT game against Kentucky on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Moon.
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Robert Morris men's basketball coach Andy Toole directs his players during their win over Kentucky on Tuesday, March 20, 2013.

Robert Morris will formally announce at a news conference at noon Friday a new three-year contract extension for men's basketball coach Andy Toole.

The deal will run through the 2017-18 season.

“I'm excited about the extension,” Toole said. “We still have some things to get done, but it's great to work with so many good administrators at the university that support the basketball program.”

In his three seasons at Robert Morris, Toole has amassed a 68-36 record. His 2012-13 team was the Northeast Conference regular-season champions and shocked college basketball with a 59-57 victory against 2012 NCAA champion Kentucky in the opening round of the NIT played at Sewall Center.

The Kentucky victory was the biggest in school history. Ironically, Robert Morris and Kentucky will meet on Nov. 17 at Rupp Arena as part of the Keightley Classic. The other teams in the tournament are Texas-Arlington, Cleveland State and Eastern Michigan.

The Colonials, who lost in the NEC semifinals, ended the season with a loss at Providence.

Under Toole, the Colonials reached the NEC Tournament finals in 2011 and 2012, only to fall to Long Island.

Robert Morris participated in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT), where it advanced with victories at Indiana State and Toledo before falling at Fairfield in the quarterfinals.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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