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August 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Lorenzo Romar really likes UW’s schedule

Due to space issues, today’s story on Washington’s non-conference schedule was edited without quotes from Lorenzo Romar.

Here’s the interview with the UW coach.

(So you renewed the series with Seattle University. How long is the current contract with them?) “I really don’t remember, but it doesn’t really matter if it’s renewed for a year or more years. We’re going to keep playing them home and home. That’s what we’ve been doing.”

(Why is that series important to you?) “Coach Dollar and I worked together. I played in the Seattle U-University of Washington rivalry and I was a part of that and I remember how special that was for the city. I remember how much players enjoyed playing in that game year in and year out. When I played, we played it twice a year. We played them at their home and we played them here. It was just a lot of fun. I just remembered how much we enjoyed it.”

(The odd part of the schedule is the possibility of playing Connecticut twice, which doesn’t happen a lot.) “Not normally, but it’s just the way it worked out with us being in the same tournament that they’re in. We could not play them twice based on what happens. But if  it happens, it happens.”

(Were there talks to move the home game with UConn back to next season?) “We didn’t want to do that. What there were talks of was them trying to get another opponent comparable to UConn to play here instead. But we couldn’t find one. They had some options, but we didn’t accept those options.”

(If you did play them twice, would the second game help you as a team?) “If you play a team of that caliber, it’s definitely not going to hurt you. It’s going to help you RPI wise. It’s going to help you in preparation for your conference. It’s going to help you nationally in terms of exposure. It’s going to be a nationally televised game. I just don’t know any downside to it.”

(What’s the second-best home game. I’m guessing Long Beach State.) “Well, I don’t know. Montana? They’re really good. Montana is good every year. In terms of the name recognition, I think Montana has a decent name in the Northwest. But in terms of the pop like a Georgetown or an Alabama, it may not have that. But when it comes time for the RPI, that’s going to be a really good game for us, Montana and Long Beach State.”

(The game that really jumped out at me was Tulane.) “Oh yeah. That’s Jernard Jarreau. We went to Saint Louis (last year) for Scott (Suggs) and we’re going to New Orleans for Jernard.”

(How much are those types of game a part of your recruiting pitch to prospects?) “No one has ever come to Washington because we’re going to go and play in their hometown, but I just think it’s something that we let them know we appreciate you. We appreciate your family and we’re going to give you an opportunity to play in front of your family and friends. I remember going back when I was at Washington and to go back to LA where all of my boys could come and my family could come, it was always special. So we try to give guys that opportunity.”

(You say Scott Suggs, I’m thinking of Aziz N’Diaye.) “That just kind of worked out that way. As Martin Breunig would say, why don’t we go to Germany. But you could only go one at a time. That worked out so we were able to take him home.”

(What are your thoughts on the schedule?) “I really like our schedule. I think there’s enough challenges on there. You talk about going down to San Diego State. That’s a tough ballgame. I think the opponents on our schedule are going to be good for our RPI. It’s going to be good for preparation for our conference. And I think it’s going to be good to give our players’ experience to go out and compete.”

(That San Diego State game jumps 0ut to me. What’s the last toughest true ‘road’ game for Washington? I’m guessing Saint Louis.) “Saint Louis by far. Saint Louis is one of the most difficult home-and-home games we’ve ever scheduled.”

(But that was scheduled for Suggs. If you take that one away, what’s the next toughest game like that?) “Probably going back to maybe our first year here when the schedule was already made and we went to UNLV. That was a home and home.”

(Did you have a non-conference game during the Pac-12 season that was pretty tough?) “NC State. That was tough one. Pittsburgh. That was another one.”

(Do you like playing Seattle University in the opener?) “That just kind of worked out that way this year. Every year it’s what works in our schedules.”

(Seems like you don’t like having a non-conference game when you have the bye in the conference schedule.) “I don’t dislike it. Last year during one of those weeks that we had a bye it was good to get the guys some rest mentally as much as physically.”

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