We’re starting to see at least how the dominoes are starting to stack up in the Marshall men’s basketball coaching search. A source told the Daily Mail on Sunday night that Robert Morris coach Andrew Toole will interview on campus this week for the vacant Thundering Herd job. The 33-year-old former Penn player has been RMU’s coach since 2010 and taken the Colonials to the second round of the NIT in each of the last two seasons. Two seasons ago, he pulled off maybe the biggest win in RMU history by upsetting Kentucky in the first round of the NIT.
Toole actually has some tangential history with former Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. Toole came to RMU from Lafayette in 2007 as an assistant to former Colonials head coach Mike Rice. Rice left for Rutgers in 2010, which allowed Toole to ascend to the Colonials’ top job. Rice took the RMU job in 2007 after serving as an assistant at Pittsburgh under Jamie Dixon. When Rice left Pitt, that opened a spot on Dixon’s staff … which allowed Herrion to join the Panthers as an assistant after a year of doing television. And Herrion’s tenure at Pitt helped him snag the head coaching job at Marshall in 2010.
So Mike Rice’s departure at two different schools helped two assistant coaches get head coaching jobs in the same year. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go cut figurines out of Lone Star cans in a police interrogation room.