5. When will these pundits begin to believe in Schmidt and the program (reloading, not rebuilding)? They should give him the benefit of the doubt. He's earned it.
I am a fan of Schmidt, but honestly, there is no real track record of reloading. There aren’t many, if any, A10 programs that can say that ... maybe VCU, but last year kind of shot that to hell.
UD was close but couldn’t maintain after Scoochie, Kyle Davis and Kendall Pollard’s class graduated. URI was right behind Dayton. We’ll see if Grant and Cox can move their programs forward, or for that matter Rhoades at VCU.
Next year is Schmidt’s opportunity to earn the benefit of the doubt. I posted this before but this league has too many coaches that earn a good reputation by making intermittent NCAA appearances with rosters loaded with seniors (in many cases 5th year seniors) or POY players that graduate.
Xavier and Temple reloaded year over year. Xavier reloaded coaches and won year over year. I don’t see any A10 programs “reloading”[/QUOTE]
Schmidt did it 2 years ago coming off an epic NCAA snub and losing 2 great players in Posley and Wright. Won 20 games including an 11-7 record in the A-10. That said, I expect people outside the A-10 to have this opinion based on what was lost from last year, but I expect them to be very competitive this season. Schmidt normally is loathe to trust new comers - something that frustrates many of us fans - but he will have little choice this year. This is his best recruiting class since he arrived - if he's truly building a program its the logical next step.