Spoke to athletic director Scott Woodward before Thursday’s game and he said the school is planning to sit down with coach Lorenzo Romar to discuss improving his contract.
Woodward wouldn’t go into great detail. He said each year he talks to Romar after the season about the program in a wide-ranging discussion. This time, however, he gave the strong impression Romar’s contract will come up.
“This time of year there are a lot of teams out on the market looking for coaches and Lorenzo is one of those coaches that’s always mentioned at other schools,” Woodward said before Washington’s 69-56 loss to sixth-ranked West Virginia in the East Regional semifinals. “He’s one of the top coaches in the country.
“We want to be fair to him and I know he feels that the University of Washington has been more than fair to him.”
The word “fair” popped up a few times during our interview and Woodward didn’t go into great detail to explain what “fair” really means.
He did say: “We try to keep Coach in the top four in the Pac-10, where our athletic department expects to be.”
It’s uncertain if UW will increase Romar’s annual salary or improve other parts of his contract that includes bonuses, incentives or buyouts.
Here’s a roundup of the reported salaries of the Pac-10 coaches for the 2009-10 season:
Arizona’s Sean Miller, $2M per year
UCLA’s Ben Howland, $2M per year
California’s Mike Montgomery, $1.6M per year
Arizona State’s Herb Sendek, $1.2M per year
Oregon’s Ernie Kent, $1.15M per year
Washington’s Lorenzo Romar, $1.105M per year
Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins, between $900-800K per year
Oregon State Craig Robinson, $750K per year
Washington State’s Ken Bone, $650K per year
Note: USC is a private school and Kevin O’Neill’s salary has not been disclosed.