Hawk-Lock wrote:If UW moves on from Romar, I can tell you now there is almost zero chance Dollar becomes the head coach. For one, I don't think he is qualified to be the coach of a Pac-12 team. He has done next to nothing at Seattle U to create excitement. But more importantly, you can't fire Romar, and then hire one of "Romar's guys."
It's hard to say what kind of replacements would line up for the job. UW isn't a basketball powerhouse, so you aren't going to get big name guys. The guys I want, I'm not sure we can get. The two westcoast guys that come to mind to replace Romar would be Randy Bennett (St Mary's coach) or Travis Decuire (Montana coach). Bennett would be the better coach, but Decuire is a Seattle guy and would be able to recruit the Seatte kids well. If not westcoast guys, then I think you look at some smaller schools that are having success....Archie Miller at Dayton. Greg McDermott at Creighton. Chris Mack at Xavier. But hard to say if any of those guys would leave those schools for UW, which is known for football.
I honestly think the best case scenario is for Romar to hire some accomplished assistants. Right now all his assistants are recruiters. Chillious is a recruiter. Conroy is more here for the players and to keep the Seattle pipeline flowing into UW, and I think we all know why Porter Sr is on the coaching staff. UW basketball was at its best when Ken Bone and Cameron Dollar were helping Romar out. Once they left, the program struggled.
Based on what I know, I think it's pretty clear Romar is going to get one more year because of the recruiting class. If I were Romar, I'd go all out this summer in finding another assistant coach and a transfer who can play right away.
I completely agree that Romar needs to find assistants that help him in the coaching aspect of the game rather than in the recruiting portion. Romar seems to think that he's a great X's and O's guy but he clearly is not. He's more of a recruiter as you've said (although I think his real strength is finding assistants that recruit well for him). I am a firm believer that Cameron Dollar had a lot to do with the progression of the players and the success of UW Basketball when they were actually good.
BTW Ken Bone was not on Washington's staff under Romar as far as I can remember. He coached the Washington state cougars though.
Romar will get at least one more year because of the class he is bringing in next year but I hope for his own sake that he will take that long hard look in the mirror and realize his own weaknesses and find some assistant coaches to help him. Honestly I think his best role would actually be as an assistant coach focused on recruiting mainly but I doubt he would ever take that position at UW where he has been the HC. He will likely have to be fired and go somewhere else to realize that revaluation, unfortunate but likely true.
On a side note, what about Nate McMillan to replace Romar? I've always thought of Nate as a great leader and teacher of the game, even going back to his Sonic's playing days he was like having another coach on the floor as a player. I don't know if he would move to the college ranks after having so many NBA jobs but if he would I think he'd be a great HC at Washington. He's a guy that I could possibly see being able to keep Romar around as an assistant too. Not likely but possible since he coached in the NBA and has the reputation he does here in the Seattle area. He'd also bring a little bit of star factor I believe because of his playing and coaching career in the NBA.