Photo credit: Seattle Times – Dean Rutz
In a statement released through the school, coach Lorenzo Romar commented on Washington president Mark Emmert (above, middle) who’s leaving UW to take over as NCAA president.
“President Emmert is one of the most impressive persons I’ve ever met. Obviously, you hate to see someone go that is that talented and so supportive. But at the same time, it is an unbelievable oppotunity for him. The NCAA will be better as a result of his leadership.” — Lorenzo Romar
The Pac-10 office also issued statements on Emmert.
Pac-10 chairman and Arizona State University president Michael Crow: “I have known Mark for a long time. He is a great academic leader who will bring new ideas and tremendous energy to the role of President at the NCAA. On behalf of my colleagues in the Pac-10, I would like to congratulate Mark on his new position.”
Commissioner Larry Scott: “Mark is a visionary leader and a great choice as next President of the NCAA at such an important time in the Association’s history. He has a deep appreciation for the welfare of student-athletes and the role athletics plays in the higher education mission.”
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— The Seattle Times was all over the Emmert story as it broke yesterday. Bud Withers offers a take on Emmert’s challenges as NCAA president. And here’s a terrific photo gallery of Emmert. It’s interesting to note how much his hair has turned gray during his six years at UW. And Bob Condotta caught up with athletic director Scott Woodward who said he plans to remain at Washington “a long time.”
— Five-star recruit Terrence Jones said he enjoyed his visit to Lawrence, Kansas and his meeting with the Jayhawks, according to Rivals.com. Still, he hasn’t tipped his hand on his where he’s going to school next season and he’ll make an announce Friday at his high school.
— Washington State’s Klay Thompson is the lead story on ESPN.com’s men’s college basketball page this morning. The story tries to explain why he struggled in the second half of the Pac-10 season.
It also quotes his father Mychal who said: “Klay would hang his head too much. I told him, ‘Never hang your head.’ Never let your opponents see that. If you’re 0-for-20, you’ll be 1-for-21 after the next shot.”
— Pat Kilkenny claims five national championship coaches wanted the Oregon job, however, the Ducks hired Dana Altman, whose won just two NCAA tournament games in 16 years at Creighton. Kilkenny led Oregon’s coaching search.
— Altiman hired longtime assistant Brian Fish, however, it’s unknown if former Oregon assistant Kenny Payne will remain with the team.
— Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon told Foxsports.com Altman is “A great hire for Oregon. He runs a great system that is disciplined, but very exciting. I’ve watched Dana do more with less better than any coach in the country.”
— It’s a little dated, but the Lahontan Valley News published an open letter to Nevada’s Luke Babbitt and Armon Johnson begging them to return to school and not enter the NBA draft. Nevada will likely play Washington next season.
— In case you missed it, Kentucky junior Patrick Patterson decided to enter the NBA draft. It’s official this time. Patterosn joins UK players John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton.