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February 19, 2007 at 6:44 PM

Romar confirms Greece trip, Wolfinger to have surgery

We’ve written about the chances of this happening on here before, but Lorenzo Romar confirmed on his coaches show on KJR-AM tonight that the Huskies will take a pre-season tour of Greece next August.
Teams are allowed to take such foreign tours once every four years, though UW hasn’t actually taken once since 1998. On such tours, the teams typically play 5-6-7 games against local teams while also partaking of sight-seeing, educational ventures, etc.
You’ll note the last time UW did one was the year Bob Bender’s team went to the Sweet 16 and a lot of people thought the extra practice paid off well.
Romar said tonight the team will get 10 additional practices out of the trip. All players on the current roster are eligible but incoming players are not.
It’s for that reason that UW did not take a similar trip last summer, though it was eligible for one, since Spencer Hawes, Adrian Oliver, Phil Nelson and Quincy Pondexter would not have been eligible to play.
Oregon took a similar trip to the Bahamas last summer and Ducks coach Ernie Kent credited the extra practice and the bonding as contributing factors in the team’s fast start this season.
— In more disconcerting news, Romar also said that center Joe Wolfinger will have surgery soon to repair the stress fracture that has held him out all season. Wolfinger had opted to heal the injury through rest and rehabilitation but surgery is now apparently needed.
“We’re optimistic he will be back next season,” Romar said.

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