- Jan 22, 2010
I think there's a bit of truth here in that they decided to go a certain route....bank on a big year this past year with a bunch of seniors and then the fanbase could swallow a bit of a down year with a youth movement...and why the heck not? We had just come off of an incredible year with those same guys...defense had taken a huge jump and become one of the best in the country...nobody that I know of saw the chemistry and injury problems coming...and I sure as heck would have gladly taken a down year in 2020-2021 if we made a big run with our seniors leading the way.No, it wasn't the culmination of coaching changes.
The staff, since Apr 2017, could've gone in many directions regarding the roster. The 5-man senior class was a roster construction/management decision made by the staff over a period of time. It was avoidable. They chose to align the classes as they did.......and with 5 "perimeter" seniors to boot. They chose to recruit a JUCO soph (Simms) and keep Crow for 4 years and allow Vann to remain (who had graduated). They understood what 2020-21 would bring with those roster decisions. They rolled the dice that we'd dance again in 2020 (thus two yrs in a row) and that it would buy them some "rebuilding" time in 2021 and 2022. It didn't work out that way. They thought 2019 (NCAAs) was "repeatable." Many folks did.
If 2020-21 is now an admitted "rebuilding year" (which it is), why are we bringing in a 3 ppg role-playing grad transfer (Stockard) in a year of total uncertainty anyway and tying up Scholly #13 (our last one)? Is his inclusion on the 2020-21 roster going to alter our win-loss results in any significant way? What is the "opportunity cost" (Ward/MBJ development) of using that final scholly on a marginal player likely toiling on a marginal team? What potential 2020 decommit, D-1 transfer down, JUCO stud, D-1 transfer up, HS reclassifier might we be missing out on because we tossed that last scholly at Stockard? or because we didn't have marginal talents Curry or Douglas move along?
Every season, there are lingering and potential long-term ramifications (good and bad) for every roster decision made..........and even those not made (like trying to upgrade Crowfield). We are now experiencing the results (like MSS bolting) of those cumulative roster decisions since Apr 2017. This is not an easy/forgiving business and coaching staffs (even VCU) don't always get it right (both on the player retention and the recruiting target fronts).