You and I have a different definition of "fair year" or "bad year". Fine with me. That's life.I would use the term "fair year." No it wasn't a disaster, no it wasn't awful, no it wasn't bad. But to me making the NIT isn't a good year, nor is it a successful season unless we entered the season expecting to be bad and we exceeded projections to get into the NIT. But then the question is, why are we entering any season expecting to be bad?
As for last season, I didn't go into it thinking we'd be bad, but Rhoades himself was consistent in the preseason, saying that the team would "have to go through some stuff without Ace." (I think I remember the quote accurately.) He said it after the St. Peter's game, too. I heard him say it about a half-dozen times. TRANSLATION: we won't be very good early on, but when Ace returns we'll be fine. Guess what? That's exactly what happened. We were terrible without Ace at the start, got better without Ace in the non-conference tournament, and then became a very good team once Ace returned.
Some folks ripped Mike for saying this preseason that he had as deep a team as he's had at VCU. Well, it sure is trending in that direction, so Mike may have been right about the depth of this season's team.
Point is this: no one knows their team as well as the coaching staff. Mike warned everyone about the early season last year, but few listened. I did, so perhaps my expectations weren't as high as yours, especially without Ace in the lineup. Again, that doesn't mean it wasn't disappointing to miss the NCAAs. It simply means that you and I view some of this differently, which is fine. Life goes on.