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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Report: Kyle Smith to Columbia; Tim O'Toole out of the running

The list of former Fairfield coaches being hired this spring won't add a third name.'s Jeff Goodman posted on his Twitter page Saturday night that Columbia is expected to fill its vacancy with Saint Mary's associate coach Kyle Smith -- and not former Stags coach Tim O'Toole, who interviewed for the position last week.

A source close to O'Toole told The Trentonian he was notified by the school that the Lions were "going in a different direction," meaning Smith's hire is likely imminent.

O'Toole, who coached the Stags from 1998-2006, has ties to the Ivy League, having worked with Harvard coach Tommy Amaker at Duke and Seton Hall and having served as a color analyst on ESPNU's Ivy broadcasts for the past two seasons. He's also spent the past four years teaching graduate-level business classes at Fordham.

Other reported candidates included NJIT coach Jim Engles, New Orleans coach Joe Pasternack and former Saint John's assistant Fred Quartlebaum.

The drought for former Stags coaches ended when Siena promoted Mitch Buonaguro to replace Fran McCaffery, and last week former Fairfield and Dartmouth coach Paul Cormier -- O'Toole's predecessor -- was hired again by the Big Green.


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