OFFICIAL: Washington State fires Ernie Kent

Washington State University Director of Athletics Pat Chun announced Thursday that Men’s Head Basketball Coach Ernie Kent will not return as head coach of the Cougars next season.

“I met with Ernie earlier today and let him know I would be making a change in the leadership of our basketball program,” said Chun. “We appreciate all that Ernie has done for Washington State but at this time we need a new direction to energize our fan base and return the program to prominence. I am optimistic that our returning students-athletes give us an immediate opportunity to move our program in a positive trajectory.”

In his five years guiding the Cougars, Kent had a 58-98 record, 22-68 in Pac-12 play. A national search for the next Cougar basketball coach will begin immediately.

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