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Take a Good Look at Robert Morris’s Head Coach

Fordham's next coach?

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.

Photo: Will Leitch