I spoke a little while ago with University of Washington athletic director Scott Woodward about the current state of the Huskies men’s basketball program and coach Lorenzo Romar. The Huskies are mired in a 7-game losing streak — the longest of Romar’s 13-year career at the school — and are in 11th place in the Pac-12 standings with a 3-10 conference record. Barring a miracle, the Huskies will miss the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive season.
But Woodward, as he always has when discussing Romar’s tenure, said he’s still looking at the big picture, such as Romar’s successful track record of players graduating, as well as a 2015 recruiting class ranked by Scout.com as the 9th-best in the country.
“I look at the long-term approach to this thing,” Woodward said. “Coach Romar has succeeded on all three things we asked him to do — first and foremost, give our kids a great education and make sure they do what they’re supposed to do in the classroom. Coach’s record has been fabulous on that front. Obviously, (it’s) just as important that we’re competitive, (and) give the kids the best experience they can have on the court. … Lorenzo’s body of work over his career here and what he’s done speaks for itself. He’s been incredibly successful, probably more so than any coach in the history of the UW program, and that goes a long way with me. Read more »