At some point, it has to happen. Right?
For 19 seasons, since it made the move from the Patriot League to the Atlantic 10, Fordham has been trying to build a winning program. While there have been some positive moments, the last two decades have been filled with far too much basketball frustration.
As far as coaches go, the Rams first tried with Nick Macarchuk, who took them to the NCAA tournament when they were still in the Patriot League. Then it was Bob Hill, the big-name guy from the NBA. Fordham then turned to Dereck Whittenburg, who won a national championship as a player with North Carolina State in 1983. No one was able to get this thing going.
Now it's on Pecora.
He's a New York guy who says he's "living the dream." That dream would get a little sweeter if he's able to turn things around in the Bronx.
Pecora has a history of helping build programs. He was a member of Jay Wright's staff at Hofstra when Wright built the Pride into a tournament team.
When Pecora took over as head coach at Hofstra in 2001, he guided the school to three National Invitation Tournament appearances.
You could make the argument that this is Fordham's last chance; its last best hope.
Maybe it will happen under Pecora's watch, and maybe 2014-15 is the start of it all.
Why not? Every team goes through its ups and downs. In sports, when you've been down for so long, you're usually due.
Quotations in this article were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.
Charles Costello covers the Fordham Rams for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @CFCostello.