The college basketball season is coming to an end. As teams enter conference tournament play, they’ll get an opportunity to finish the season on a high note – or head into the 2019-20 campaign with much to think about.
The Washington State Cougars are firmly in the latter category. Washington State was bounced in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament by Oregon on Wednesday night.
The Ducks stomped the Cougars 84-51, sending Washington State into the offseason. According to a report from college basketball insider John Rothstein, the loss was enough for the program to move on from its head coach.
Rothstein reported the team has parted ways with head coach Ernie Kent.
Sources: Washington State has parted ways with Ernie Kent.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 15, 2019
Kent led the Cougars to an 11-21 season, securing as many wins as Mike Leach did with the Washington State football program.
The former Saint Mary’s and Oregon head coach failed to win more than 13 games in each of his five seasons with the Cougars.
After leading Saint Mary’s to one NCAA Tournament appearance and Oregon to six, Kent failed to register a winning season at Washington State.
Kent becomes the latest college basketball coach to be let go over the past week. He surely won’t be the last to go as teams look forward to 2019-20.