Bonnies call news conference to announce hiring

OLEAN, N.Y. -- St. Bonaventure scheduled a news conference
for Tuesday to announce a new basketball coach, expected to be
Robert Morris' Mark Schmidt.

The Buffalo News and other newspapers reported Schmidt accepted
a contract to rebuild the struggling program that has endured four
straight 19-loss seasons. The Olean Times-Herald and The Beaver
County Times of Pennsylvania also published similar reports.

Bonnies spokesman Steve Mest declined to confirm Schmidt's

Schmidt would take over for Anthony Solomon, fired last month
after going 24-88 in four seasons, including a 7-22 finish this
past season. The Atlantic 10 program has struggled since a player
eligibility scandal in March 2003 led to NCAA sanctions.

The 44-year-old Schmidt led Robert Morris to a 17-11 finish last
season, leaving his six-year record at 82-90. He previously worked
as an assistant at Xavier, Penn State and Loyola of Maryland.