Lorenzo Romar is almost ready to talk at length about Robert Upshaw.
Since the end of the 2013-14 season, the Washington coach has been vague about the status of the 6-11 center, who sat out last season after transferring from Fresno State.
After Washington’s 67-61 loss to Utah in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament, Romar was uncertain about Upshaw’s future with the Huskies. At the time, Romar said Upshaw needed to focus on off-the-court issues.
During the summer, Romar didn’t change his stance in several interviews.
When asked about Upshaw in April, Romar said: ““Same. He’s going to school. And I feel stupid just saying the same thing over and over, but taking care of business off the court.”
Recently, Romar provided a little bit more clarity on the topic. He declined to discuss the situation in detail while saying the matter will be resolved next month.
(What’s the update on Robert Upshaw?) “Sept. 15 I’ll give you as many updates as you want. He’s been lifting with us. He’s been doing individual (workouts) with us. Sept. 15 when we come back, I’ll probably, hopefully be able to talk more.”
(We’re only talking about four weeks. What can change in that time?) “I just think it will bring closure to this whole year to where now we’re back to where we were. That’s when we can start looking to see where we are.”
(There’s a photo of your team and it looks as if they’ve been lifting. Upshaw is in the picture, which seems to indicate he’s back in good standing with the team.) “Well he’s made great strides. Again, Sept. 15 then we’ll talk.”
Washington players are in summer classes and the term ends Aug. 22. Players will have three weeks off before being required to return Sept. 15, which is the first day coaches can conduct individual workouts. Fall practice begins early in October.
Here’s a roll call for the photo (above). Standing (l-r): Andrew Andrews, Jahmel Taylor, Gilles Dierickx, Quevyn Winters, Mike Anderson, Nigel Williams-Goss, Tristan Etienne, Darin Johnson, Shawn Kemp Jr., Dan Kingma and Donaven Dorsey. Kneeling: Robert Upshaw and Jernard Jarreau.