For any mid- or low-major college basketball program, success can be a double-edged sword.
While Robert Morris reaps the benefits of a successful season and marquee victory against Kentucky in the National Invitation Tournament, other programs have taken notice of Colonials coach Andy Toole.
According to multiple reports, Toole is a serious candidate for the vacancy at Siena College, with the Albany Times Union reporting that Toole, 32, visited the school's Loudonville, N.Y., campus Thursday for an interview.
Toole is among three finalists, joining Loyola Maryland coach Jimmy Patsos and Virginia Commonwealth assistant coach Mike Rhoades, both of whom will interview with Siena officials early next week.
A source told SportsNet New York that Toole and Patsos are both "battling hard" for the coaching position with the Saints.
Robert Morris athletic director Craig Coleman said the school will do whatever it can, within reason, to keep its basketball coach.
"Every school has its limits -- that would be true of any school in the country," Coleman said. "Not everybody has the same limits, but everybody has resources and everybody's got limits. I can't really tell you what our negotiating points are or what our offer is going to be. I don't talk about that publicly."
The interest in Toole comes barely a week removed from the end of a season in which the Colonials finished 24-11, won the Northeast Conference regular-season championship and reached the second round of NIT.
Toole has amassed a 68-36 record in three seasons at Robert Morris, but has not led the Colonials to the NCAA tournament. He has two years remaining on a five-year contract.
A call to Toole from the Post-Gazette was not returned.
After a run of success under former coach Fran McCaffery, Siena slipped under Mitch Buonaguro, who went 35-59 in three seasons before being fired Mar. 12. Such a move likely would come with a raise for Toole, as Buonaguro made $211,013 in base compensation his first season (2010) and McCaffery made $303,653 in his final season (2009), according to tax records.
No offer reportedly has been made to Toole. If or when one is made, Siena might rely on more financial resources, Coleman believes other factors could come into play in any decision Toole makes.
"It's obvious that the more resources you have, the more you can bring to bear in terms of trying to attract someone, whether it's a recruit or a coach or whatever," Coleman said.
"We also think there are some non-monetary things that are important to many coaches and many folks that we also feel like are factors in the equation."
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