Last night, Robert Morris outlasted Quinnipiac 52–50 in the championship game of the Northeast Conference tournament. It's the second NCAA Tournament berth for the Colonials in a row, and is yet another pelt on the wall of head coach Mike Rice Jr., who, in three years at RMU, has a record of 73–29. That is to say: The 41-year-old coach is not going to be at Robert Morris much longer. The leading candidate for his services next year: Fordham, where Rice Jr. got his start as an assistant in 1991. Fordham really wants him, but considering the Rams went 2–26 this year, winless in the Atlantic-10, they have to hope a guy who just made the NCAA tourney twice couldn't find an even better job. Fordham is a nice place to prove one's self, though: If he ended up pulling off the massive achievement of turning Fordham around, the Knicks would probably hire him.
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