And don’t duck the issue. There are those of you out there masquerading behind user names and message boards who actually think Romar should be fired. It’s absolutely ludicrous.
Yes, the Husky men’s basketball team sucks right now. They’re bad. They clearly can’t win on the road, and they’ll be lucky to make the NIT at the rate they’re going.
Furthermore, Romar has shown an inability to adapt to his team’s inefficiencies. Outside of making lineup adjustments, he hasn’t found a way to correct the ballclub’s biggest weaknesses, namely stopping penetration and attacking the 2-3 zone.
Some would argue that Romar’s game-planning inconsistencies go back much farther than this year, and to a degree that’s one-hundred-percent true. Romar has always preached defense first, and in turn his team’s offenses have at times struggled. Most glaringly, the Huskies have been notoriously weak in half-court sets, a problem magnified during the current slump.
But by focusing on the negative, fans are overlooking all the good Romar has done.
As head coach, he has brought more attention to the University of Washington basketball program than ever thought possible.
In eight seasons, Romar has led the Dawgs to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the Sweet 16.
He has landed recruits that, without his presence, wouldn’t even know where Washington was on a map. Back in the day, the Huskies were handing out scholarships to guys who had zero stars next to their name. These days, we’re more apt to get commitments from four- and five-star talents.
He has marketed the university and the team like a master promoter, hand-delivering messages to fraternities and sororities during his initial years on campus. Most coaches wouldn’t put in nearly that amount of work to get people interested in their program.
He has been a positive influence on everyone around him, from players, to assistant coaches, to even us, the fans. A true gentleman in every sense of the word, Romar has epitomized class while producing championship-caliber basketball teams.
Most importantly, Romar has won. He’s been a winner, and we all know that in this business that’s all that really matters. Currently, he holds a .643 winning percentage at Washington, with a win-loss record of 157-87. Statistically, that ranks him above such Seattle icons as Mike Holmgren (.541), Lou Piniella (.542), and even Marv Harshman (.625).
Why even bother calling for Romar’s head? If anything, he should be given a lifetime contract and the opportunity to do whatever he pleases on Montlake.
He may not be perfect, and, like most of us, he may have some things he needs to work on. But by no means should Romar be fired. Not now, not in the foreseeable future, perhaps not ever.
Lorenzo Romar is a winner and a class act. Fire him? No way.