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Husky Men's Basketball

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August 3, 2007 at 10:38 AM

Romar on KJR

Washington basketball coach Lorenzo Romar was interviewed on KJR-AM this morning on Softy’s show in the wake of signing his new contract.
Here are some of the more newsworthy things he said (I tried to transcribe it as it happened so I may have missed a word or two here or there but this is pretty close):
On how the new contract came about: “Well as you know, it was agreed to last fall and I think the thing that really has me excited amongst a lot of things is this not something I went in and demanded at all. (UW Athletic Director) Todd Turner approached me and as we talked he said this is what we are going to do. In so many cases, people will say ‘look, until you get some offer out there, we are not going to come to you and tell you how much we appreciate you.’ This just shows they are showing us they have a lot of confidence in what we are doing and they appreciate what we are doing.”
Softy then asked if it is fair to say that this contract means this will be Romar’s last coaching stop: “That’s totally fair. I have said that from day one, I’ve never wavered from that. When I say that (that he wants to end his career at UW), people look at me like ‘sure, you do. That’s a standard line.’ But it’s not a standard line.”
On the pre-season NIT: “We are excited about that. We knew we had a chance to be in the pre-season NIT and it came to fruition. It’s going to happen. And we just have to do a good job so we can advance to the Garden and be on the big stage. Our guys are already looking forward to it.”
Softy then asked what the program has to do to take the next step: “It’s just a matter of us regrouping. The first wave of guys that we had (mentioned Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, etc.) all those guys were able to get to two Sweet 16’s and we had a very good chance to ge to the Final Four two years ago. The next step is for this group to grow older. Maybe this year we can have enough experience to do that. That’s what’s the next step for these guys, to grow up so we can get there.
“I keep reminding people that that group (with Roy, Robinson, etc.) won 11 games its first season. This group won 19, so it’s just a matter of maturation taking its place and then we’ll have an opportunity to do those things.”
Romar was also asked about the eligibility of Venoy Overton and said “I can say that he is working very hard and we are optimistic.” Asked if there is a cutoff date for Overton being eligible, Romar said “not really. I remember when Brandon Roy was a freshman, he became eligible the second quarter.”
(As we wrote here yesterday, nothing figures to be certain for a month or so until Overton completes some on-line summer school courses).
After Softy was ready to wrap up the interview, Romar stopped and asked if he had another minute and that he wanted to “make sure you understand” that his new contract couldn’t have happened without the work and support of all of his players and assistants.
“My name is out there as the coach who got the contract extension, but it doesn’t happen without any of them. They have made this happen. You can’t do this type of thing by yourself.”

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