As someone who lives in Charlottesville and has worked at UVA for the last 8 years (oh, and also a Vol alum), I fine this thread interesting.
No, UVA is most definitely not a football school. And for the most part, it’s not a basketball school either (outside of the last few years + Ralph Sampson).
What it is, is an elite academic school that dominates in Olympic sports. They just won their 33rd national title- all but one (2019 men’s basketball) being in the Olympic sports realm.
I can honestly say that UVA fans know this is going to be bad- they are coming off a disappointing season that culminated in a tragedy resulting in the cancellation of their last two games. They are rebuilding and people expect this year to be a 2-3 win team. Most will be happy with 6-7 wins a year outside of some vocal morons. Those people also think Dabo is going to leave Clemson to come to UVA- just unrealistic. Again, it’s not a football school and probably never will be, but they will win a ton of championships in other sports.
8 titles in the last 5 years isn’t bad, trails only Stanford in that category. To uva fans, there’s much more than just football.