Team preview: Belmont

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 31, 2005, 12:31 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

COACH AND PROGRAM

Belmont coach Rick Byrd has been around long enough to know that a good team is a complicated thing. In his 25th season as a head coach, he'll tell you he likes the pieces he has on the Bruins' roster this fall, but he's smart enough not to speculate on the finished puzzle.

"It's an intangible thing," Byrd said. "We have the best talent we've had at Belmont since we moved to Division I, but that doesn't mean we will have the best team we've ever had here."

The coach said leadership, work ethic and unselfishness will all be needed if the Bruins are going to come together as a good basketball team. Still, the pieces look promising.


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