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February 8, 2008 at 2:46 PM

Romar: “I’ve got to do a better job.”

That was the essence of UW coach Lorenzo Romar’s comments to media members today before practice.
Romar said the struggles of this team have “caught me off-guard” and that he didn’t anticipate that the Huskies would be in the position they are now — 12-11 overall, 3-7 in conference play and with minimal post-season hopes with eight games remaining.
The latest setback was a 73-59 loss to USC Thursday at Hec Ed, after which Romar said he was up past 2 a.m. Friday morning “brainstorming” and trying to find a way to turn this around.
Romar has always described himself as a “glass half-full” coach so he believes there is still hope in this season. But his words and tone Friday also indicated as much concern about the current state of affairs as ever.
“I have not done a good enough job of getting us at a place where we need to be right now,” Romar said.
Romar said he expected his players to be upbeat at practice today, saying they have always displayed a good attitude following defeats. But even that figures to be tested nonw.
“Our players are really good kids and they try to do what we ask,” Romar said. “If they were a rebellious group that didn’t want to try to do what we ask, I wouldn’t mind blaming them. But they try to do what we ask so I can’t put it on them. I’ve got to do a better job.” (I should point out he laughed slightly as he said the comment about “blaming them” if they were a rebellious group. I don’t think he meant he’d literally go around bad-mouthing his players).
In general, Romar said he’s had a hard time getting a read on the right buttons to push for this team, both schematically on the floor and in terms of handling the players off of it.
“There are some things how we maybe have managed the players individually to where maybe I would have done it differently,” Romar said.
I know you’re probably wondering who he’s talking about there but this wasn’t the day or the setting where Romar was going to offer a lot of specifics with practice in the offing.
And Romar said the team would practice for the UCLA game as it has every other in this season and seasons past.
“We are going to come to practice today and we are approaching it to go out and win the game on Sunday,” he said. “So we are still trying to get things resolved.”

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