The football game will get most of the attention today, for obvious reasons, but the basketball team plays too.
I tried to link the two in my basketball story today, asking if the football coaching change makes coach Lorenzo Romar think about how quickly his own career fortunes might turn if his team misses the NCAA tournament for a third straight season.
And typically, Romar gave a pretty interesting answer. And since I couldn't use all of it in today's paper, here's the whole reponse:
"Absolutely. No question. You're judged on your wins and losses, period. You go too long without very many wins and people start looking at you cross-eyed. If you go too long without many losses and you don't win by enough points, then they start looking at you cross-eyed. It's win, win, win, win, win. I understand that. I totally understand that.
"When I played in the NBA I always said to myself, 'Man, one day I'm going to get cut. One day I'm going to be playing in the CBA or something.' And I always said, 'How long can I go?' I remember one day I was warming up in two-line layups and I looked around and nobody was in the stands and I said, 'Dawggit, I'm here. I'm in the CBA. It happened.'
"And I know it happens to a lot of coaches. So we've been fortunate to be here going onto seven years. And I think we've been fairly successful. And that's not something where I'm waking up every morning thinking, 'Uh, oh, am I going to have my job today?' I don't look at it that way at all, I'm pretty confident that we've been doing OK and we're going to continue to go OK. But I do understand the nature of the business."
I also took the opportunity this week to ask athletic director Scott Woodward what he expects for UW basketball and what he thinks of Romar.
WOODWARD on expectations:
"We should be competing for championships year in and year out. We should be very competitive. And the thing I'm most proud of about Lorenzo is his graduation rates with kids. … These kids are great kids, and we expect them to compete at the highest level.
WOODWARD on Romar:
We have the right guy, there's no doubt about it. But am I concerned (about missing the tournament twice)? Absolutley. And coach Romar is concerned. He wants to get back to winning as badly as I do. I see that in him and I see the way the team competes."
Finally, a quick look at UW's game today:
TEXAS SOUTHERN (0-7)
AT WASHINGTON (4-3)
6:30 p.m., Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Series: First meeting.
Statistical leaders: For TSU, G Deandre Hall, 16.7 ppg; F Ricky Bowles, 7.1 rpg; G Matthew Miller, 5 apg. For UW, F Jon Brockman, 17.2 ppg and 11.5 rpg; G Isaiah Thomas and G Justin Dentmon, 3.8 apg.
Scouting report: The Tigers come from Houston and are a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. They went 7-25 last season and are winless this season against competition that has included UTEP, Cincinnati, Northern Iowa, Marquette and Arkansas – all on the road. They are scoring 62.7 ppg and allowing 75.6. … The Huskies are coming off their best win of the season, 83-65, over Oklahoma State. In that game, Dentmon became the 33rd Husky to reach 1,000 career points. UW is the top rebounding team in the nation, with a plus-15.3 rebounds per game advantage.
Next: 5 p.m. Dec. 14, vs. Portland State, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.