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Washington State hires Kent as new hoops coach

Washington State hires Kent as new hoops coach

File Photo: Former Oregon head coach Ernie Kent. Jan. 30, 2010, in Eugene, Ore. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer

Washington State has hired Ernie Kent as its new men’s basketball coach, giving him another shot at leading a Pac-12 Conference program four years after he was let go by Oregon.

The Cougars made the announcement on Monday afternoon, after the sides agreed to a five-year contract. Athletic director Bill Moos had said on his radio show earlier in the day that he hoped to have his coaching search wrapped up soon. Kent is expected to be introduced at a news conference Wednesday.

Kent replaces Ken Bone, who was fired on March 18.

Kent was the coach at Oregon from 1997 to 2010. He took the Ducks to five NCAA tournaments, including two trips to the Elite Eight, and was hired by Moos when he was the Oregon athletic director in 1997.

 

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