Worst Year Ever?

It’s been noted by local media that Virginia’s men’s basketball program just suffered its worst season in terms of winning percentage since 1966-67, its fewest wins since 1967-68, and its worst two-year run by one coach since 1972-74.  The result was head coach Dave Leitao’s “resignation” following a 4-year reign – the shortest for the position in nearly 80 years.

 

This comes on the heels of a 5-7 football campaign – the worst in… wait for it… two years.  But two years ago, the men’s basketball team was winning a share of the regular season conference title and advancing to the round of 32 in March.  Ultimately, how bad is this academic year in terms of Virginia athletics?

 

Like the American economic engine, is it the worst in recent memory?  Like calendar year 2008 for Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, the music business, the housing industry, and so many others was it the “worst year ever” ?

 

We all know AD Craig Littlepage’s program continues to churn out ACC winners and national title contenders in other sports, but in terms of the two big dogs generating the most revenue and fan interest (both waning?), 2008-09 ranks as his worst on the job and near the all-time nadir.  2008-09 offered:

 

  • The fewest combined football & men’s basketball wins (15) since 1976-77, when football went 2-9 and basketball followed with a 12-17 campaign
  • The fewest combined regular-season ACC wins (7) since 1984-85 (6)
  • The lowest combined winning percentage (.375) since 1976-77 (.350)
  • The lowest combined regular-season ACC winning percentage (.292) since 1976-77 (.176)
  • The first year with no postseason in either sport since 1997-98 (football did finish 7-4 that year)

 

 

Year Football Men’s Basketball Combined Wins Combined Win Pct
ACC Overall Postseason ACC Overall Postseason ACC Overall ACC Overall
1970-71 0-6 5-6   6-8 15-11   6 20       0.300       0.541
1971-72 2-3 3-8   8-4 21-7 NIT (1st round) 10 24       0.588       0.615
1972-73 1-5 4-7   4-8 13-12   5 17       0.278       0.472
1973-74 3-3 4-7   4-8 11-16   7 15       0.389       0.395
1974-75 1-5 4-7   4-8 12-13   5 16       0.278       0.444
1975-76 0-5 1-10   4-8 18-12 NCAA (1st round) 4 19       0.235       0.463
1976-77 1-4 2-9   2-10 12-17   3 14       0.176       0.350
1977-78 1-5 1-9   6-6 20-8   7 21       0.389       0.553
1978-79 0-6 2-9   7-5 19-10 NIT (2nd round) 7 21       0.389       0.525
1979-80 2-4 6-5   7-7 24-10 NIT (Champ) 9 30       0.450       0.667
1980-81 2-4 4-7   13-1 29-4 NCAA (Final 4) 15 33       0.750       0.750
1981-82 0-6 1-10   12-2 30-4 NCAA (Sweet 16) 12 31       0.600       0.689
1982-83 1-5 2-9   12-2 29-5 NCAA (Elite 8 ) 13 31       0.650       0.689
1983-84 3-3 6-5   6-8 21-12 NCAA (Final 4) 9 27       0.450       0.614
1984-85 3-1-2 8-2-2 Peach (win) 3-11 17-16 NIT (3rd round) 6 25       0.300       0.556
1985-86 4-3 6-5   7-7 19-11 NCAA (1st round) 11 25       0.524       0.610
1986-87 3-8 2-5   8-6 21-10 NCAA (1st round) 11 23       0.440       0.605
1987-88 5-2 8-4 All-American (win) 5-9 13-18   10 21       0.476       0.488
1988-89 5-2 7-4   9-5 22-11 NCAA (Elite 8 ) 14 29       0.667       0.659
1989-90 6-1 10-3 Citrus (loss) 6-8 20-12 NCAA (2nd round) 12 30       0.571       0.667
1990-91 5-2 8-4 Sugar (loss) 6-8 21-12 NCAA (1st round) 11 29       0.524       0.644
1991-92 4-2-1 8-3-1 Gator (loss) 8-8 20-13 NIT (Champ) 12 28       0.522       0.622
1992-93 4-4 7-4   9-7 21-10 NCAA (Sweet 16) 13 28       0.542       0.667
1993-94 5-3 7-5 Carquest (loss) 8-8 18-13 NCAA (2nd round) 13 25       0.542       0.581
1994-95 5-3 9-3 Independence (win) 12-4 25-9 NCAA (Elite 8 ) 17 34       0.708       0.739
1995-96 7-1 9-4 Peach (win) 6-10 12-15   13 21       0.542       0.525
1996-97 5-3 7-5 Carquest (loss) 7-9 18-13 NCAA (1st round) 12 25       0.500       0.581
1997-98 5-3 7-4   3-13 11-19   8 18       0.333       0.439
1998-99 6-2 9-3 Peach (win) 4-12 14-16   10 23       0.417       0.548
1999-00 5-3 7-5 Micronpc.com (loss) 9-7 19-12 NIT (1st round) 14 26       0.583       0.605
2000-01 5-3 6-6   9-7 20-9 NCAA (1st round) 14 26       0.583       0.634
2001-02 3-5 5-7   7-9 17-12 NIT (1st round) 10 22       0.417       0.537
2002-03 6-2 9-5 Continental Tire (win) 6-10 16-16 NIT (2nd round) 12 25       0.500       0.543
2003-04 4-4 8-5 Continental Tire (win) 6-10 18-13 NIT (2nd round) 10 26       0.417       0.591
2004-05 5-3 8-4 MPC Computers (loss) 4-12 14-15   9 22       0.375       0.537
2005-06 3-5 7-5 Music City (win) 7-9 15-15 NIT (1st round) 10 22       0.417       0.524
2006-07 4-4 5-7   11-5 21-11 NCAA (2nd round) 15 26       0.625       0.591
2007-08 6-2 9-4 Gator (loss) 5-11 17-16 CBI (3rd round) 11 26       0.458       0.565
2008-09 3-5 5-7   4-12 10-18   7 15       0.292       0.375
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