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Kent out as Washington St. coach after 5 years



Washington State has separated with head coach Ernie Kent after five seasons, the school announced Thursday night.

Kent, 64, took over in Pullman in 2014 and failed to finish .500 in any of his five seasons. The Cougars were tied for eighth in Pac-12 in Kent's first year and never finished higher than 10th place since then.

Kent was 47-77 in this season and Washington State finished 11-21 total and 4-14 in Pac-12.

"I met Ernie earlier today and let him know that I would make a change in the lead of our basketball program," said athletic director Pat Chun in a statement. "We all appreciate Ernie's doing for Washington State, but now we need one new direction to drive our fan base and render the program prominent. I am optimistic that our returning students-athletes give us immediate opportunity to move our program into a positive path. "

The Cougar season ended Wednesday night with a loss of 84-51

for Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament.

Washington State has not reached the NCAA tournament since 2008, when Tony Bennett was at the helm.


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