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Thursday, December 30, 2004

nirvana?

Will a rising tide lift all boats in the state of Washington? Is there room enough in the Seattle media market for both the Zags and the Huskies? The News-Tribune's Don Ruiz checks-in with an objective look at the yays and nays. As for the state's coaches, their thoughts are in line with my expectations.

Romar: C'mon fellas, there's space for me at the table.

"If we can continue to do well - and I anticipate Washington State's going to do well - it just makes the state a pretty good place where they play basketball. Along with the high school talent that's coming out every year, people around the country have to look at the state of Washington as a place for basketball. Gonzaga has a lot to do with that."

Few: I'm not so sure.

"I thought it's always been kind of tough for us. I don't know that (other rising programs in the state have) impacted us."

Washington State's Bennett: If he's invited, I'm out (sooner rather than later). Washington's rise has already undermined my turnaround effort.

"Recruiting is harder. A couple of kids from our side of the state that I was interested in when I came are at Gonzaga, and several of the kids that I really wanted to get involved with on the west side are going to UW. So, it does affect us in recruiting, and that's why with at least our first class we ended up going out of state more."