Is Lorenzo Romar On The Hot Seat?

Max GrossCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2010

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 19:  Head coach Lorenzo Romar of the Washington Huskies looks on from the sideline while taking on the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden on March 19, 2009 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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        Thurday's loss against USC pretty much knocked the dawgs out of contention for an at large bid in the NCAA tournament. If the Huskies miraculously win the Pac-10 tournament for the first time since 2005, they will clinch an undeserved berth to the tournament. With only one win on the road and a mediocre 7-7 conference as of Friday, coach Romar could be fired.

        You probably think i'm crazy right now, but only one tournament bid in the last 4 seasons is not good by any standards. Also, 1 road win matches the 2006-2007 season total. Failing to win on the road is a problem that can only be blamed on one person, the head coach.

        With only one recruit signed, the huskies still lack a proven team leader for next season and they have not been able to fill the hole that Jon Brockman left. Brockman carried the team through most of the season last year, with some help from Pondexter towards the end of the year and Pondexter has been a leader this year. The Huskies have struggled this year with Pondexter, Imagine next season without him.

       The Huskies are first in the Pac-10 in rebounding this year, but losing the leader in rebounds(Pondexter 8.1 RPG), will force the Dawgs to rely on Matthew Bryan-Amaning(5.2) and Justin Holiday(4.1) to bring down the boards. Those account for about 1 more total rebound a game than Quincy, but losing 20 ppg hurts any lineup.

       With Romar's normally solid recruiting going down the drain, it could time move past the Romar ERA. Romar has given Husky fans some good memories(2005 #1 seed), but Lo-Ro has not been getting the Huskies into the postseason consistently and that is  a priority for a NCAA Basketball coach.

      There are endless possibilities for a possible replacement coach, they include: former UW assistant and current Seattle U coach Cameron Dollar, but bringing in Dollar would keep the team in the same system that they have struggled to win in. New Mexico head coach Steve Alford could be a possibility if he wants to into a more elite conference. Alford has led the Lobos to a 24-3 record and #12 national ranking.

      It may not be the best decision to fire Romar after this season, but if the Dawgs miss the tournament again next year, they won't have a choice.