This season has been tough for the Washington Huskies as they reach Pac-12 play. Losing to the likes of the UC-Irvine Anteaters, the Indiana Hoosiers and the Boston College Golden Eagles has not helped coach Lorenzo Romar’s hot seat situation.
The question that the title enthralls is the fact that the Huskies have not done anything—despite good recruiting classes, talent and expectations every year—since their Sweet 16 performance in the 2009-10 season. Three years have gone by, and the level of mediocrity stays the same.
A four-point win against the Montana Grizzlies, a double-overtime victory against the Long Beach State 49ers and a 82-70 loss against the UCONN Huskies at home is making it hard to gauge how the Huskies will favor once the conference season has started up. Right now his Huskies sit at 6-5, on the verge of losing his job.
Romar has been the head coach at U Dub since 2002 and turned the program around in a matter of two years, reaching the Sweet 16 in his third season. He has only gone to the Sweet Sixteen three times with the Huskies, something that the fan base has not seen since the ‘09-10 season.
He continues to put players in the NBA—Nate Robinson, Isiah Thomas, Terrence Ross, Brandon Roy and Spencer Hawes, to name a few. But his producing of talent to the NBA should translate to success on the court, and lately, it has not.
This is a make-or-break year for Romar, as his name has been called out for the last couple of seasons. If he has any sort of success in the Pac-12, which, at this rate, is highly unlikely, he will most likely keep his job. Right now, his Huskies are probably the eighth or ninth-best team in the Pac-12 only ahead of the lowly Oregon State Beavers, the Washington State Cougars, the USC Trojans and the Utah Utes (maybe).
If Romar wants to keep his job, he needs to do his best coaching job since he took over at the helm in 2002. If he does not, look out for a job posting for University of Washington men’s basketball coach.
John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII