Tom Pecora enters fifth season at Fordham with expanded conference schedule and five home-and-home series as Rams seek to improve off 10-21 campaign last season. (Photo courtesy of the New York Daily News)
After a 10-21 season that saw the departure of Branden Frazier and arrival of Jon Severe, Fordham's first step toward emerging from what has felt like a century-long morass was taken this afternoon, when Tom Pecora and the Rams learned their Atlantic 10 schedule.
Dates and times will of course be revealed at a later date, but the A-10 today announced each team's home and road opponents in league play as the conference will now play an 18-game schedule with the introduction of Davidson, who brings the total membership to 14 teams. The schedule will feature four home and four road games, as well as five home-and-home series. Each opponent will be broken down in detail in the coming days, but in the meantime, here is what awaits Fordham after they complete their non-league slate:
The Rams' four stand-alone road contests come against Atlantic 10 newcomer Davidson, who enters their new league off an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament by virtue of their regular season Southern Conference championship; as well as George Mason, whom Fordham swept last season for two of their three wins in regular season and postseason A-10 play, Richmond and St. Bonaventure. Duquesne, George Washington, Saint Louis and VCU; the latter three of which are reigning NCAA Tournament participants, will come to Rose Hill Gym for one-off contests.
Fordham's five home-and-home series will be contested against reigning Elite Eight participant Dayton, as well as La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Saint Joseph's.