Ernie Kent was introduced to the media today. We've got a lengthy story for tomorrow's paper but here are some addition details:
- Kent's contract will be for five years at $1.4 million per year. It begins with a $2 million buyout, which “dwindles” in each subsequent year. At the end of each year athletic director Bill Moos will have the option of adding an additional year.
- Moos added that he doesn't always add the year, saying, “To tell you the truth, with Ernie at Oreogn we had a couple of off years and I didn’t roll it. And I’ll never forget that he said ‘I’ll earn that back’ and that was 07 when they won the Pac-12 tournament and went to the Elite Eight and lost to Florida, so he got that year back.”
- Kent runs a continuity motion offense. In that offense the guard positions are interchangeable as are the post positions, hopefully mitigating WSU's lack of a point guard on the roster.
- Here's Royce Woolridge on the hire: “Extremely excited, once we finally heard who our new coach was we were ecstatic because we were waiting for about a week and a half. There was a lot of anxiety but now that we know it’s coach Kent I’m extremely excited, the whole team is excited.”
Follow the jump for videos from Kent's introductory press conference, courtesy of the Pac-12 and WSU athletics.
WSU introduces Ernie Kent: Ernie Kent talks about his new job
Bill Moos talks about the hire