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Kent out as Washington St. coach after 5 years



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

Kent, 64, took over from Pullman in 2014 and failed to finish .500 in any of his five current seasons. The Cougars ended up in eighth place in the Pac-12 in the first year of Kent and never finished higher than 10th place.

Kent was 47-77 entering this season, and Washington State finished 11-21 overall and 4-14 in the Pac-12.

"I met Ernie today and told him I would change the leadership of our basketball program," sports director Pat Chun said in a statement. "We appreciate all that Ernie has done for Washington State but right now we need a new direction to energize our fan base and bring the program back to prominence. I am optimistic that our hairpin student-athletes give an immediate opportunity to move our program into a positive trajectory. "

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

against the Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament .

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


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