Its a typical news article by todays standards that exaggerates. For instance the first line is this:
“To say the 2019-20 basketball season has gone off the rails and been frustrating to UVA fans would likely be a gross understatement.”
So we are 11-5 and it is a “GROSS UNDERSTATEMENT” that the season has “GONE OFF THE RAILS”. I guess this means we are a total train wreck then… This is a typical news line playing towards insecure fans emotions.
I also take issue with this statement:
“Most of the Bennett apologists will point to the 2016 class that ultimately led to UVa’s national title as the reason for the rough 2017 class. But this only works in hindsight, and recruiting is part of—a critical part of—Bennett’s job.”
Basically the author is implying with this statement that it is Tony Bennett’s who is responsible for our troubles now and the author points to CTB’s failures in recruiting in 2017 and 2018.
So other than those two lines, I largely do agree with the authors facts. Our 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes were our two worst in ratings over the past 10 years. Sure this article lacks the details that you guys have filled in.
Overall, Not everything in it is trash, I do like that he says at the end:
“you can’t look at this year’s team, say “boy they should just score more points,” and not take a critical look at how we ended up with the current roster.”
For me personally, I do see our two down years of recruiting as the primary explanation on why we are 11-5 right now and you guys did a great job of fully explaining why we had those down years.
I am very passionate about UVA Basketball. The administration is running a great program. And for me its free entertainment that other people work very hard to provide me. In no way am I going become bitter or angry about our recruiting misses. Its a crapshoot, sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. But either way, I as a fan am not entitled in a manner that UVA must deliver perfection so that I am always happy. They are allowed to strike out, and I will still love and support the team.