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UPDATE: Washington State University has a new basketball coach. Portland State's Ken Bone accepted the position today, The Spokesman-Review has learned. Sources close to the situation said Bone, 50, has been the focus of the week-long search to replace Tony Bennett, who left after three years as WSU coach to take the same position at the University of Virginia.
Bone has been at PSU for four years, posting a 77-49 record and taking the Vikings to the NCAA Tournament as the Big Sky Conference's representative the past two seasons. If Bone accepts the position, and all indications are he will, it will mean athletics director Jim Sterk has dipped into that conference for his last two major hires, football coach Paul Wulff (Eastern Washington) and Bone.
Sterk came to WSU from Portland State, but his path did not cross Bone's there. They were both, however, at Seattle Pacific during Bone's tenure as Falcons' head coach, though only for a single year. At the NCAA Division II school, Bone posted a 253-97 in 12 seasons between 1990 and 2002. Bone left SPU to assist Lorenzo Romar at Washington before taking the Portland State position. We'll have more on this soon ...