Hofstra knew this day would come.
Tom Pecora, a talented but frustrated coach, has decided to take his game to Fordham. Click here for Steve Marcus' story. And check the Newsday print edition and Newsday.com tomorrow for a more elaborate version.
After nine years and nine failures in a quest to make the NCAA Tournament, Pecora is taking another path. Whether or not it's the right path is another story.
The question for now is what's next for the Pride? Pecora left the program in very good shape. With two of the CAA's top freshmen in Chaz Williams and Halil Kanacevic and the reigning conference player of the year Charles Jenkins back, Hofstra was poised make a run next season.
Now they will have to do it without Pecora. Pecora recommended assistant Van Macon replace him. Hofstra will certainly conduct a national search for Pecora's replacement. Odds are the powers that be would want someone with New York connections who can recruit the area.
Hofstra won't have an easy time finding an experienced coach. Considering the school's recent plight -getting snubbed for a bid they so richly deserved in 2006 and playing in a southern-dominated conference- it may not be an easy sell.
Not too mention there are 11 other jobs open. Much like an earlier post about the tough time St. John's might have finding a coach, there will be stiff competition for the Pride.
Seton Hall, Central Florida, Charlotte, Wagner, Oregon and DePaul are among the schools looking for coaches.
None of this means the Hofstra job isn't attractive. With the school dropping the football program, more attention will be put on the basketball program. With that could come more resources. Hofstra has excellent facilities and is not a long way from New York City.
For Hofstra's sake, the positives had better outweight the negatives.