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Mike Hopkins inspiring hope among Huskies hoop fans

Mike Hopkins talked to reporters after he was introduced as Washington’s new head NCAA college basketball coach on March 22, 2017, in Seattle. Hopkins, a longtime Syracuse assistant coach, replaced Lorenzo Romar. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
The impact of a newly elected president is often measured by what he achieves in his first 100 days, but what about a newly hired college basketball coach? After all, it has been 100 days – OK, technically 103 – since Mike Hopkins replaced Lorenzo Romar at Washington.

Washington hires Dave Rice as assistant basketball coach

UNLV head coach Dave Rice during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Arizona, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)
New Washington coach Mike Hopkins has rounded out his coaching staff by hiring former UNLV coach Dave Rice as an assistant coach. Rice spent last season as an assistant at Nevada after being fired midway through the 2015-16 season at UNLV. Rice led UNLV to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013.

Washington Huskies program could be gutted by Lorenzo Romar firing

Lorenzo Romar, second from left, talks with players on the court, the day he was fired, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
SEATTLE – Washington is expected to become one of the most desirable destinations in college basketball after its decision to fire Lorenzo Romar but one with a lot of question marks. The school has proven it can be a winner with a regular-season conference title, conference tournament titles and a trip to the Sweet 16 within the past 10 years.

Washington fires coach Lorenzo Romar after 15 seasons

UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 11:37 p.m.

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar looks up at the scoreboard and sees a 30-point Gonzaga lead during the first half of a game at  the McCarthey Athletic Center in December. He was fired on Wednesday. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington fired coach Lorenzo Romar on Wednesday after 15 seasons at the school, a fate that seemed certain once the Huskies failed to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year despite a steady stream of NBA talent.

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