I would think it would be easier to get a top coach to come in at a P5 than it would be at a mid-major. If a mid-major cannot attract a top coach I would imagine its days as a perennially strong school are numbered.Not sure what the difference would be between the mid-majors and P5's in this aspect?
James Madison elevated LaPorte from the assistant coaches position, I assume she knew Dean's system well. Also I am thinking long-term. With the roster Dean had established over the past few years, I would think they would do well the year after he left almost by default.James Madison had a great year and they lost their coach and one of the best pitchers in the country. Louisiana Lafayette is another good example. There really aren't many (any?) other perennial strong mid majors. Very few perennial P5's too for that matter.
.There really aren't many (any?) other perennial strong mid majors. Very few perennial P5's too for that matter.
That’s more than respectable. I don’t know which school you’re referring too, but that’s obviously a very strong program and better than most P5 schools..
If a mid-major was ranked within the top 40 RPI for eight of the past twelve years, and having 26 NCAA Tournament victories over 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, I would think it would be fair to say that school is a strong program as mid-majors go. Clearly not on the level of a P5 school, but definitely respectable.