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Former Oregon men’s basketball player and coach Ernie Kent hired as Washington State head coach

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Washington State hired Ernie Kent to be the new men’s basketball coach on Monday. Kent, a former Oregon player and coach, will replace Ken Bone, who was fired on March 18.

“Somebody like Ernie that would have a passion for Washington State like he did for the University of Oregon would be someone I’d be interested in,” said Washington State athletic director Bill Moos, who was Oregon’s athletic director when Kent was hired as the Ducks’ head coach in 1997.

Kent played for Oregon from 1973-1977 and coached there until 2010. He led the Ducks to five NCAA tournament appearances, including two Elite Eights (2003 and 2007). Oregon’s current head coach Dana Altman replaced Kent, who was fired after back-to-back seasons with a 24-39 combined record.

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