PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – The Robert Morris Colonials are basking in the glory of their victory over Kentucky in the NIT, and few are more proud of the Colonials than their athletic director Craig Coleman. Craig joins Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.
“It didn’t surprise me one bit,” Coleman said of Tuesday night’s win. “These kids have amazing heart. This is what our coaching staff looks for when they recruit kids. It showed last night.”
When asked whether Tuesday night’s result might make it more difficult to keep head coach Andrew Toole on the Colonials bench, Coleman commits to doing whatever it may take.
“We’re gonna pull out all the stops,” Coleman says. “We love Andy, and we want him to stay here for as long as we can keep him. He’s done a great job with this program taking over for Mike Rice, and this program hasn’t missed a beat. We’re going to do everything we can to keep him here as long as we can.”
Coleman describes the “electric” atmosphere at the Sewall Center for the game, but he admits that Consol Energy Center would have been a great place for the game, if not for a conflict with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“It certainly would have been worth exploring,” Coleman admits. “Would it have been worth a phone call? Absolutely. We probably could have sold anywhere between 10- to 15,000 tickets or more, based on the number of phone calls we received for tickets. Probably for every fan that was in our building last night there were another five fans who couldn’t get in.”
Coleman also reveals that he found out Robert Morris would be hosting Kentucky at the exact same time everyone else in the country did, and he looks at how life has been as the nation’s college basketball darling for the day.
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