Many of the UW coaches got the word about Todd Turner's departure this morning from Turner himself. However, football coach Tyrone Willingham is out of town and could not attend.
Basketball coach Lorenzo Romar said he was disappointed to hear that Turner would be leaving and that he got the sense that other coaches felt the same way.
"Todd, for me personally I felt was a very good leader, a very good mentor to me," Romar said. "Sometimes as your boss, they may not be a mentor – they're just a boss. But he was a boss and mentor. I thought during his time here he did an excellent job of helping the Univeristy of Washington and its athletics department. I do understand that tough decisions have to be made at times. I'm always going to be a fan of Todd Turner and his family."
Romar said he also received a brief phone briefing from UW president Mark Emmert.
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Romar, by the way, made clear that he has no interest in the administrative side of the business -- not now or ever.