Washington State fires Ernie Kent after five seasons

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One day after its season ended with a loss to Oregon in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament, Washington State has parted ways with head coach Ernie Kent. News of the firing was first reported by SI.com’s Jon Rothstein.

Kent spent five seasons in Pullman, posting an overall record of 58 wins and 98 losses. Against Pac-12 competition the Cougars were just 22-68 during Kent’s tenure, with the program’s best conference mark being a 7-11 record during the 2014-15 season (Kent’s first at the school).

Washington State finished the 2018-19 season with an 11-21 overall record (4-14 Pac-12), losing six straight and seven of its last eight games. Senior forward Robert Franks and freshman guard C.J. Elleby both earned postseason honors, with Franks being a first team all-conference selection and Elleby being named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.