UW: Despite report, no decision on fate of Lorenzo Romar
The University of Washington has not decided whether or not retain head basketball coach Lorenzo Romar despite a Monday report to the contrary.
According to a source at UW, the school is "planning to conduct a thorough evaluation of all aspects of the program at the conclusion of the season."
Romar led the Huskies to a 9-21 regular-season record in the 2016-17 season and will miss out on the NCAA tournament for the sixth consecutive year barring a miracle run through the Pac-12 tournament. This is despite fielding a team featuring several top recruits, including probable No. 1 NBA draft pick Markelle Fultz, who was an all-Pac-12 selection after averaging 23.2 points as a freshman.
There has been speculation that UW would look to move on from the 58-year old Romar after the worst season in his 15-year tenure with his alma mater, but a Monday report from Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde said the university was unwilling to pay the $3.5 million buyout on his contract, which has three years remaining in it.
An athletic department source called Forde's report "inaccurate."
Romar, a Washington alum who played for the school from 1978 to 1980, came to UW in 2002 after successful coaching stops at Pepperdine and St. Louis, leading the Huskies to three NCAA tournament appearances in his first four seasons and the school's first conference tournament championship in 2005. He added three consecutive "March Madness" appearances from 2009 to 2011, including two more conference tournament championships.
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