The dramatic star turn for UW Men's Basketball and it's head coach, Lorenzo Romar, since it opened the 2014-15 season on an 11-0 run has become one of the most vulgar storylines in all of college basketball. The hits keep coming and the Huskies suffered another one last night.
Despite being longtime friends, standing up for one another in their weddings and Lorenzo Romar being asked to be the godfather to his son, Michael Porter has decided to turn down an offer to replace TJ Otzleberger on the UW Men's Basketball staff.
Porter who, like Romar, is a devout Christian and family man, ultimately felt that he could not leave his roots in Columbia, MO where two of his children are playing college basketball and where he is the assistant coach on the Mizzou Women's team.
Porter's son, Michael Porter, Jr., is one of the top five prospects in nation and, given that he is Romar's godson, it is expected that he will consider UW a possible destination in 2017. While it was never a package deal, Porter's decision to remain at Mizzou will hurt UW's chances as Porter, Jr. is widely expected to lean heavily towards Kansas. (just for fun, here is a jaw-dropping highlight of Porter, Jr. as a sophomore).
Where UW goes from here remains to be seen. The fan favorite to join Romar's staff is former Husky point guard Will Conroy. "Chill" is well-networked in the Seattle hoops community and would bring both recruiting chops and fiery personality to the otherwise laid-back Romar staff. Despite being a clear choice of the fan, an offer may not be imminent. Conroy is currently enrolled at UW and is looking to complete his degree in hopes of starting his coaching career.