Turning around Towson tall task for Pat Skerry

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Facilities aren’t the only commitment required. Skerry received a five-year deal worth $335,000 annually, a figure Waddell said was comparable to what VCU coach Shaka Smart initially received two years ago. (Smart recently agreed to a new eight-year contract that will pay him $1.2 million annually.)

“Teams with far bigger winning histories are doing exactly what Towson is doing, which means they will progress faster,” Litos said. “I will say this, though: They are giving it an earnest attempt. In the CAA you have to build a program, not win for a year or two. And that seems to be what they are doing.”

Towson also will be selling itself to a wary and winnowed fan base. Waddell wants the Tigers to be on television as much as possible; to that end, Towson will visit Kansas (Nov. 11), Michigan (Nov. 14) and Virginia (Dec. 30) and play host to Oregon State (Nov. 26) next season.

Getting games might be the easy part. Winning them, as history demonstrates, is tougher. But neither Waddell nor Skerry intends to dwell on the past, instead looking ahead to how they can lift Towson into the CAA’s upper echelon.

“I like the idea of trying to really develop and build a program,” Skerry said. “This is a great place to be able to do it and live. I’m excited about it. I think it can get done - not easily - but you’ve got a great league, so you have to work to make it happen. But it’ll get done.”

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