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Robert Morris names Rice new head basketball coach

Updated: April 26, 2007, 8:02 PM ET
Associated Press

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. -- Robert Morris University hired Pitt assistant Mike Rice to replace Mark Schmidt as the Colonials' men's basketball coach Thursday.

Rice, the 38-year-old son of a former Duquesne University basketball coach, has been an assistant at Fordham, Marquette, Niagara, Chicago State and Saint Joseph's. Schmidt was hired by St. Bonaventure earlier this month.

Rice inherits four starters from a team that went 17-11 last season. The Colonials play in the Northeast Conference.

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