Shelton, a 6’9″ center originally from Michigan, played for Washington from 1998 to 2003. Recruited by Bob Bender, Shelton was besieged by injuries during his Husky career and took a medical redshirt during the ’01-’02 season. He played under Romar in Romar’s first year at the helm, the ’02-’03 season.
“When I hear people say that [firing Romar is a good idea], I just figure people have no clue what they are talking about,” Shelton began.
“Romar is hands down the best coach I have EVER had. I came in in ’98 under Bender and trust me, fans should be sending fruit baskets and flowers to Romar’s office compared to that regime.”
“When I blew out my knee Bender never visited me in the hospital, and the whole time I was rehabbing he was trying to convince me to transfer and wouldn’t let me come to road trips including the Pac 10 tourney.”
“We used to have ‘optional’ morning workouts at 6 am. And half the time [Bender’s] assistants wouldn’t show up. [Former Husky center] Dave Dixon and myself would put each other through drills to try and get better. They black-balled Dan Dickau for Senque Carey my freshman year when [Dickau] got hurt, and [Dickau] ended up being pretty good too. Needless to say both players transferred.”
“After the Bender crew was fired I was still rehabbing and was hospitalized due to a reaction to anti-inflammatories. Romar met me at the hospital. He was there when I graduated. His players get better and he does what he says, and oh yeah, he wins!! Husky fans better embrace him before he jumps to UCLA if Ben Howland doesn’t get things turned around. Sorry for the rant, but anybody calling for Romars’ head is NOT a husky.”
Former Husky Dan Dickau played two seasons at Washington (1997-1998, and 1998-1999) before transferring to Gonzaga.
As a senior with the Zags, Dickau averaged 21.0 PPG and was named first team All-America.
The 6’0″ point guard went on to be selected in the first round of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. He currently plays for the Brose Baskets of the German Basketball League.
Senque Carey also played two season for the Dawgs.
The 6’4″ point guard replaced Dickau in the starting lineup during the ’98-’99 season and was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team after that year.
Carey averaged 10.4 PPG and nearly five assists in his sophomore season (’99-’00) before opting to transfer in the spring of 2000.
He made his way to the University of New Mexico where, in 2002, he suffered a serious spinal cord injury that ended his playing career. Carey his currently an assistant coach with Fresno State and is the program’s top recruiter.
*Parts of Marlon Shelton’s statement were edited for clarity.