Lorenzo Romar has been jumping on and off the hot seat at Washington for the last five seasons. The longtime coach delivered six 20-win seasons and six NCAA Tournament appearances in his first 10 years with his alma mater. Then things took a nosedive, with Washington winning a total of 79 games the last five years, during which they never sniffed March Madness and were never legitimate Pac-12 contenders.
However, with his recruiting prowess — Washington signed seven players rated four or five stars (Rivals) between 2013-2016 and had three more committed in 2017 — and a patient administration, Romar kept his job.
Until Wednesday, when the school finally pulled the plug, firing Romar after 15 seasons.
Here are five potential replacements for Lorenzo Romar:
Current Position: Head Coach — Dayton
At this point, it's impossible not to include Archie Miller on any notable high-major coaching list. He is 140-62 in six seasons at Dayton, has four NCAA Tournament appearance and four wins (First Four wins don't count) and was named 2017 Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year.
Though he has minimal west coast experience both as a coach and recruiter, Miller is a hot name that will soon to be able to have his pick of vacancies when he's ready to leave the Flyers.
Current Position: Head Coach — Nathan Hale High School (Seattle)
Yep, it's a reach. But hear us out.
He's just 32 years old — Washington hasn't had a coach in his 30's since Bob Bender arrived in 1993 — and in his first year of coaching at any level. However, Roy is among the most beloved basketball alums of any former player at any program. And the biggest item we can't ignore: he coaches Michael Porter Jr., the nation's top-rated recruit in the 2017 class.
Porter transferred to Nathan Hale after Romar hired his father, Michael Sr., as an assistant coach. What if Roy pledged to keep Porter's father as an assistant coach?
Current Position: Head Coach — Nevada
Eric Musselman has been everywhere. The former San Diego player began his coaching career with the Rapid City Thrillers in 1989, a now-defunct semi-pro team in South Dakota, and has since 10 seasons as an assistant and head coach in the NBA and five seasons in college, among stops at other levels.
He was an assistant under Herb Sendek at Arizona State from 2012-14 and Johnny Jones at LSU (2014-15) before taking the Nevada job. In two seasons with the Wolf Pack, he's gone 52-20 and led them to this year's tournament. At 52, he's on the older side but still younger than Romar.
Current Position: Assistant Coach — Oregon
Dana Altman deserves all the credit in the world for transforming Oregon into a title-contending program. His assistants, particularly Tony Stubblefield, also deserve a heap of praise.
Stubblefield, 46, arrived in Eugene with Altman in 2010, coming from an assistant post under Mick Cronin at Cincinnati. One of the best recruiters in the country, he was instrumental in landing Dillon Brooks, Chris Boucher and Dylan Ennis. He's also been an assistant at Nebraska-Omaha, Texas-San Antonio, Texas-Arlington and New Mexico State — also the head coach of the Aggies for one season.
Current Position: Head Coach — St. Mary's
When you've been at a successful program for 16 years, it's fair to wonder if you'll ever leave. Would longtime Gaels' head coach Randy Bennett head up the coast? That is if Washington wants a former Romar assistant.
The Arizona native has spent all but two years of his life out west, playing at UC San Diego before holding assistant positions at Idaho, San Diego (twice), Pepperdine and Saint Louis. He spent two seasons on Romar's staff with the Billikens, helping them reach the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
Bennett has built St. Mary's into a WCC power, routinely trading jabs with Gonzaga and racking up 20-win seasons with ease. Like Musselman, he's a little older (54) but is an energetic, savvy coach and recruiter.