Just looked at v’s ACC record. His first 4 years he was 23-33 in conference…. He had 2 4-10 seasons. His next 5 years (when his teams were NCAA eligible) he went 40-31…after his first 4 years he was on the bubble once.
40-31 wasn’t lighting the world on fire, but the ACC was loaded for bear. I always thought “tourney coach” because of the “3 Elite Eights or better” in 4 seasons. That’s an incredible run, especially for a team that isn’t going like 28-4 every regular season. Then, of course, what would have been if not for the Georgetown Sweet Sixteen rogering. Grrrrr….
I suspect as we get more established, Gott wouldn’t keep being on the bubble every year either. But I would expect we would make our best tourney runs from 5-7 seeds, not from “elite” position.