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January 23, 2009 at 11:59 AM

On retiring numbers, and Gonzaga

As was discussed here the other day, the retiring of Brandon Roy’s jersey last night has raised the debate of whether the Huskies should consider honoring some other former players, as well.
As I wrote then, however, there is no indication this is the beginning of a whole slew of retirements.
And UW AD Scott Woodward made that clear during an interview on KJR-AM this morning.
Asked about possibly retiring jerseys for some other players, Woodward didn’t outright say no, but said instead that “I like where we are. I want to keep it special, want to keep it prestigious.”
So, in essence, no.
In fact, what might be overlooked is the recruiting benefit that may accrue from having Roy’s jersey hanging in the rafters that the school wouldn’t get from retiring, say, Detlef Schrempf’s jersey right now. And why there would be some urgency to honor Roy and honor him now that isn’t there for anyone else.
For the next decade or so, UW will be able to bring recruits into Hec Ed, where those recruits will see a very visible reminder that a current NBA All-Star played for the Huskies, with the obvious implication being that “if the we can groom Roy for that kind of success, we can do it for you.” There’s zero benefit in that regard in retiring jerseys for any of the older players.
NOTHING NEW ON GONZAGA RESCHEDULING FRONT — Woodward also said again that there has been nothing done in terms of renewing the series with Gonzaga. Rumors continue to percolate, but the reality is that nothing has really changed from the day the two teams stopped playing after the 2006-07 season. UW coach Lorenzo Romar said then that he intended to play Gonzaga again someday. That’s still the official stance. But Woodward said flatly “no, we haven’t” when asked if UW has had any discussions with GU about renewing the series.
Woodward said he supports whatever Romar wants to do with the schedule, and that while he hopes the series is renewed someday, “we’re going to do it on our terms.”

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