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UW coach Lorenzo Romar on hot seat?

Not quite yet

As I was asked by my editor last week how Lorenzo Romar was doing this year, a lot of thoughts came quickly to my mind, but I though it better to take a few days to really ponder this question.

If you go by this years record alone, and not take in any of the parameters that surround Romar and the Huskies, you could say that yes, he should be on thin ice.

But, if you look back to this past NBA Draft, and see that Washington lost two 1st round draft picks, then there might be some sympathy for Mr. Romar.

Add to that that this past off-season was one of the worst recruiting classes that Romar has had to endure during his tenure as the Huskies coach, and all of a sudden that sympathy doubles.

A deeper look

College basketball is more than a game of checks and balances, it is about results.

Lorenzo Romar could go down as the best Washington Huskies men’s basketball coach of all time when his time at Hec-Ed is finally over.

Romar has had his Huskies squad at the top, or near the top of the Pac-10, and the Pac-12, in nearly every season that he has been in Seattle.

Under his tenure, the Huskies have produced countless NBA players, with the likes of them being this years Dunk Contest winner Terrence Ross, and past winner Nate Robinson.

Lorenzo Romar Huskies Coach

It hasn’t been all smiles for Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies this year (Photo: Seattle Sports Net)

But, as Romar’s cross state rival Washington State head coach Ken Bone can attest, having a star player in the Pac-12 can’t always save your job.

The reality

As of now, the Huskies sit at 15-13 (7-8), good enough for 9th in the conference.

Limping into the Pac-12 tournament isn’t something this team is used to doing under the watch of Romar, and barring an epic run, this team will once again miss out on the NCAA Tournament.

Last year was a fluke, as the Huskies were the regular season Pac-12 champs, but missed out on the NCAA’s due to an apparently easy schedule in favor of Colorado.

Did this spell the beginning of the end of the love affair with the Husky faithful and Mr. Romar?

In a sense yes.

What the future holds

Last year there was rumor after rumor of Romar jumping ship knowing that with the loss of both Tony Wroten, and Terrence Ross, the Huskies would not be in a spot to compete within the ever improving Pac-12.

Now does that sound like the kind of leader we want on our sidelines?

The Huskies did happen to earn a top 25 vote in the pre-season this year. But what happened since that day and the present is what could seal the fate of coach Romar.

With another 1st round caliber player in CJ Wilcox leading the team, and an un-inspired Abdul Gaddy leading the point, this team should be better than they are.

The injuries really shouldn’t be to blame as every other team in the nation faces the same dilemma as the Huskie do.

I see this as a performance of a coach who’s time has come and gone.

There will be one more year of Romar’s recruits coming in no matter what happens with the AD and Romar, but I can’t see him being in Seattle for that much longer.

It’s time to put forth the search for his replacement I think.


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  • dennis98329

    it is the truth that hurts start looking for a coach that gets players that want to win not just be his guys

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