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December 6, 2006 at 3:58 PM

Romar says no Gonzaga next year

UW players and coaches met the media today and maybe the most noteworthy thing head coach Lorenzo Romar said is that a game between the Huskies and Gonzaga “is definitely not going to happen next year. And then after that we will revisit it.”
The two teams have played every season since 1998. UW athletic director Todd Turner said last month that the series might be stopped for a little while so the Huskies can pursue some other scheduling opportunities.
Those include taking part in the proposed Pac-10-Big 12 Challenge. That series has yet to be officially announced, but all indications are that it is going to happen, and Romar said today that UW will have a game at Texas A&M next season if the challenge is a go.
That would give UW games at LSU and A&M, as well as a home game against Pittsburgh and a possible spot in the pre-season NIT. Romar said that doesn’t leave room for Gonzaga next season.
One reason is that all of those other games offer UW a chance at being on national television, specifically ESPN, giving the Huskies a different level of exposure than their regular contracts with Fox Sports Net. (The UW-Gonzaga game is this year resigned to being telecast regionally on Fox Sports Net Northwest).
“Everyone around the country will see those games as opposed to just the state seeing those games,” Romar said.
The obvious question, then, is why not dump the Idaho’s of the world to make room for Gonzaga.
But Romar said again that a non-conference schedule needs to be balanced between games against marquee foes and games that allow the team to grow and experiment a bit. Home games against teams like Portland State and Idaho are often referred to as “guarantee games” because the opponent is guaranteed a certain sum of money for agreeing to play on the road without a return visit.
“You sprinkle in a little bit of this and a little bit of that,” Romar said. “We wouldn’t want to play an entire non-conference schedule with home games that are guaranteed. A little bit of everything helps you develop.”
Romar said the two schools are likely to play again in the near future.
“I think eventually we will end up doing both — playing a national schedule and playing against Gonzaga,” he said. “It just didn’t work out for now.”

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