Fordham head coach Tom Pecora knows exactly what it takes to build a winning college basketball program.
He was an assistant on Jay Wright's staff when Wright turned Hofstra into a tournament team.
When Wright left for Villanova, Pecora took over and won 155 games in nine seasons as the head coach of the Pride, taking them to the National Invitation Tournament three times.
In 2010, Fordham chose Pecora to be the guy to turn around a program that had been down on its luck for nearly two decades.
Though the Rams have won only 34 games in Pecora's first four years, there's great anticipation—and hope—heading into the 2014-15 season.
If you subscribe to what Pecora's been saying about how to build a winner at this level, the pieces seem to be falling into place.
"A very smart coach once said, 'It's about recruiting, it's about scheduling and then it's about coaching,'" Pecora said a couple of months ago, citing a line that's become one of his favorites.
"All three are challenges in different ways," he added.
Look at his four years at Fordham—or go back to the last 19 at Rose Hill—and you can see just how accurate that statement is.
After all, it's hard to imagine anything being more important than recruiting, scheduling and coaching.
Let's take a look at the state of the program in each of those areas.