Fordham Basketball's Future Still Promising Despite Another Rough Season

Sam BlumCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2011

NEW YORK - JANUARY 13: Brenton Butler #24 of the Fordham Rams reacts to a call against the Dayton Flyers at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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After Fordham beat what is now a 15th nationally ranked St. John's team on their home court back in December, people were proclaiming the resurgence of Fordham basketball. The fans of the sold out Rose Hill Gym, the oldest court in division one basketball, rushed the court as the Rams had dispatched of their bitter New York rivals. That win gave the Rams their fifth of the season, matching the total amount of wins for the previous two seasons combined. They then went on to win their sixth game the following week, to improve their record to 6-4. 

And here we are, more than two months later, with the Rams record at 6-21 (0-17 in A-10 play). Now, no fans are storming the court, the games aren't sold out and most fans are too scared to even look at the box score. They have lost nearly 40 straight conference games, and are praying that they will have a chance to knock off UMass in their final home game of the season on Saturday to break the curse.

If you want to look at the bright side, it's best to forget about the Rams this season. What you should do is go find a good book, and try to forget all about this season. Everyone knew that this would be a rebuilding year with the new head coach, Tom Pecora working in his first season with the team. Pecora, who previously coached at Hofstra, is known as an excellent recruiter. He is such a good recruiter that all of his players that he brought to Hofstra have led the Pride to a second place finish in the CAA, and will have a good shot at going to the NCAA tournament and are virtual locks for the NIT.

Pecora, no matter if it takes two or three years, or even more will lead this team back to the prominence it once held when Digger Phelps was the coach back in the 1970's. With huge alumni support and a large budget, it is only a matter of time for the Rams. 

They have a lot of young players including sophomore Chirs Gaston, who was the A-10 rookie of the year last year and continues to lead this team as he heads into his junior season.

The Rams have 10 underclassmen on the roster, and will only lose one significant player after this season. Brenton Butler, will graduate this year. Jacob Green, a transfer from West Virginia will also graduate. However, a lot of the players currently on the roster may not even be a factor in the coming years. Pecora will likely try to instill many of his recruits into the Rams system as soon as they arrive.

Playing in the Atlantic-10 with teams like Temple and Xavier, there is always a ton of competition, but there is also the opportunity to play against the best, and beat the best. It has been tough for Fordham to complete that in the recent years. That being said, once the Rams do actually become relevant again, New York will adopt these guys just as much as they do with a team like St. John's. 

It's time to get Rose Hill rockin'. Just got to wait a little longer.