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Husky Men's Basketball

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June 6, 2008 at 2:42 PM

Are Huskies “garbage” right now?

With this being the time of year when college basketball news can be hard to find, thought I would throw out a question to all of you based on something I heard while driving to Bellingham today (to see Jake Locker play baseball tonight).
Dick Fain on KJR-AM conducted an interesting discussion centering on the fact that of the major teams in town right now, only the Seahawks are winning. So he asked callers their opinion of which will be the next to break through.
In setting up the discussion, Fain said that the Mariners, Sonics, UW football and UW basketball are all “garbage” right now — his description, not mine. Pretty hard to argue the first three given the recent records.
But is the Husky basketball program really “garbage” at the moment?
I realize by throwing that question out there I’m setting it up on a tee for every Duck, Zag, Cougar, etc., fan to chime in that Romar is a terrible coach to whom UW is unfortunately tethered for eight more years, every current Husky player with the possible exception of Brockman sucks, and all of UW’s recruits are overrated. So there, let’s let that stand for what all the Ducks, Cougars, Zags, Wildcats, etc. think.
What I’m looking for is what the devoted Husky fan thinks, especially those with long-term views.
Is the program, despite the acknowledged disappointments of the past two years, really “garbage” right now?
I covered games when Andy Russo and Lynn Nance and Bob Bender were coaches, and there were seasons when going 7-11 in what might have been the best conference in the nation, beating Arizona and UCLA, and bringing in a recruiting class ranked among the top 20-30 in the nation, one that on paper appears to answer the team’s biggest weaknesses, would be reasons for dancing in the streets. All following a string of four straight seasons of 19 wins or more, three of them capped by NCAA tourney appearances.
Do the heightened expectations based on the success of the first few years of the Romar era, coupled with the fact that the facilities at UW can no longer be viewed as second-rate, mean that Washington’s current status is now “garbage?”
I’m curious to know what you think.

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