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Romar's extension could spell end of UW-Gonzaga rivalry

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SEATTLE -  The University of Washington and basketball coach Lorenzo Romar have agreed on a multi-year contract extension that will attempt to retain the man behind the Huskies' basketball resurgence for at least another decade. But that resurgence could end Washington's popular series with cross-state rival Gonzaga.

Washington athletic director Todd Turner said that the school and its coach have agreed on the parameters of a contract extension beyond the 2012-13 season. Turner did not give specifics. Romar is earning about one million dollars a year now.

As for Gonzaga, the 10-year run of an annual showdown between the teams is likely to end after they play the final game of their current contract on December 9th in Spokane. Turner says he thinks the rivalry will go on at least a two-year hiatus. He says Washington is seeking more national, higher-profile opponents for its non-conference schedule next year.

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