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Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and Seattle University coach Cameron Dollar traded friendly barbs and shared anecdotes about their long friendship during the Alumni Downtown Breakfast held this morning.
The room was divided between supporters wearing Husky purple and Redhawks red. The UW marching band provided the soundtrack while SU cheerleaders entertained folks inside the banquet room at the Sheraton Hotel.
Here’s a few notes from the conversation with Romar and Dollar:
— When asked if both schools would include Gonzaga and someday play a mini-tournament during the offseason, Romar talked about the old Far West Classic. The Portland tournament included eight teams mostly from the West Coast and was played during the holiday season, It was canceled in 1997 and in its heyday it drew 63,872 fans over three days.
— Romar retold the story of how he met Dollar. Former UCLA assistant Mark Gottfried went to Virginia to scout a high-profile recruit. Gottfried tells the Bruins staff: “He’s pretty good, but there’s another guy on their team and he’s more of what we need. He grabbed their best player by the shirt and told him to get his act together. ” Romar ends the story and says “So we ended up getting Cameron Dollar.”
— After receiving a slew of compliments, Dollar likened himself to a farmyard animal that’s “being fattened up right before they take it to slaughter.” He said the hype meter has swung to Seattle U’s side before tonight’s game.
— Dollar told a story about Romar from their days at UCLA when his former coach would ask guys to play a pick-up game. Dollar said Romar would win most games and it was often he’d dunk on unsuspecting foes.
— Dollar talked about his official visit to UCLA. He said Romar popped in a tape of him getting a steal and dunking on a 7-footer against Louisville. Dollar was intimidated at first, but said he thought it was pretty cool his coach could dunk on a 7-footer. He also asked for the tape.
— When asked about one-and-done players, Romar said the situation could work out for everybody if the player doesn’t “rent out your program.” He said guys like Kevin Durant (Texas) and Greg Oden (Ohio State) were one-and-done players who did it the right way.
Dollar said: “We have so much to offer at a university. … I never cheapen the quality of what we do and how we do it. … You’d like for that impact to be 4-5 years, but if all we have them for is six months, eight months or two months, what we have to offer is so special and so valuable that it’s worth it.”