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December 8, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Lorenzo Romar chimes in on the Jake Locker debate

Coach Lorezno Romar finished his weekly press conference and the team is practicing. Here’s some quick highlights.
— After 20 minutes of basketball questions, Romar was asked about UW quarterback Jake Locker and what advice he’s given athletes who have been in similar situations. As a fan, Romar said he wanted Locker to stay. As a coach, Romar said he’s never told a player what to do. He’s given players information about the benefits of staying and turning pro, then the player made the decision.
— Most of the talk centered on No. 15 Georgetown, Saturday’s opponent. Romar said the Hoyas are unlike any team in the Pac-10. Their size makes them a difficult matchup for any team, especially the Huskies.
— Romar said if he does alter the starting lineup in favor of a taller starting five, he wouldn’t do it just to matchup with Georgetown. He would do it because someone deserved to start.
— Romar said he’s still committed to reducing the rotation. Many of the evaluations have already been made and he’s got a good idea what he’ll do. Still, Romar will spend the next few days looking at different combinations. He said there’s very little dropoff in talent after top eight players.
— Romar said he’s not surprised Abdul Gaddy had his best game of the season last Sunday. The coach is also pleased with Elston Turner as a starter and he’s going to allow Isaiah Thomas to shoot out of his slump.
— Romar, a SoCal native and former UCLA assistant, said it’s special for him to coach in the John Wooden Classic. He told a few stories about his relationship with the legendary Bruins coach.
— The NCAA is considering expanding the tournament from 65 teams to 96. Romar said he’s not in favor of expansion. He said 65 is good number and because it makes getting into the tournament special.
More later.

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