Huskies athletic director Scott Woodward was a guest on Sports Radio KJR 950 AM with Dave "Softy" Mahler yesterday afternoon. Woodward addressed the struggles of the basketball program, again saying he looks long-term when evaluating Lorenzo Romar's job status.
"Lorenzo's not happy, I'm not happy. But I think help's on the way," Woodward told Mahler. "I like our recruiting class coming in. I like what he's doing in (2016) as well. It should be good times for this. But for everyone -- tell them out there, I feel their pain. We have to get better. But Lorenzo's too good of a coach, and too good of a guy, to give up on this early. This stuff is a lot more complicated than meets the eye."
He added: "Going forward, I think we can really look for good things to happen. I think we're going to get out of this trough."
Asked at the end of the interview if he believes Romar is still the right coach to lead UW to a Final Four, Woodward replied: "I do." Woodward told the News Tribune during an interview last week that Romar has his "full support."
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Several other topics were discussed, including the status of UW's plans for a basketball operations facility, declining game attendance and the Pac-12 TV contracts, and the first year of the Chris Petersen era.
Some other links:
--- In case you missed it yesterday, Washington announced that its 2015 football season opener at Boise State will be played on Friday, Sept. 4 and air on ESPN. The kickoff time will be announced later.
"There was a lot made about ex-Washington cornerback Marcus Peters after he was dismissed from school and missed most of last season, but he didn't show much rust when going through drills. His slower than expected 40 time of 4.53 might concern some, but he looked pretty sharp when moving around the turf and picking off passes. Peters had a nice backpedal and kept his center of gravity right where you wanted it."
---Missed this a couple days ago, but Sports Illustrated wrote about Peters
--- USA Today projects Danny Shelton as the No. 5 overall pick, and also includes Peters and Shaq Thompson in its first-round mock draft.
--- Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points to lead his new team, the Boston Celtics, to a 115-110 victory over his old team, the Phoenix Suns. Thomas was traded from Phoenix to Boston last week, just before the NBA trade deadline. And he stared down the Suns' bench after a couple of big baskets.
--- Here's a profile of Thomas from the Boston Globe, with some interesting comments from Romar about how Thomas was perceived as a recruit:
“I sat with college coaches when he committed to us before he signed,” said University of Washington coach Lorenzo Romar. “They would just say, ‘Oh boy, he drives me crazy, he doesn’t give up the ball.’ Me personally, I like the fact that he could go get you a bucket and take over a game.”
--- A look at the recent performance of Huskies guardAndrew Andrews
, who won Pac-12 player of the week after scoring 35 points at Washington State.
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