Washington State coach Ken Bone joined KJR's Mitch Levy on Thursday afternoon to candidly talk about the team's struggles this season. The interview in its entirety can be found here.
What would you say to people who say to people who think it’s impossible to win at WSU?
I would say it’d be hard to argue that at this point but I think a lot of WSU fans would have loved to see Tony Bennett stick around. They came in here and they instilled a system that in in time was effective. Those two years Tony was really, really good and then that last year it dropped off but he’d been here a few years already. The system was in place but if he could’ve stayed here but there’s a chance he could have continued to have good success.
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How do you deal with criticism and talk of your job security?
There’s not a whole lot I can do about it except get up every day and go to work and continue to work with the guys in our program and staff. Believe it or not we’re doing the best we can. Unfortunately, we’re not winning games so it’s not good but I do have a piece of mind that we’re not taking any shortcuts and we’re doing everything we can to keep the guys together and win ballgames.
Why is WSU struggling?
I think it hurts when you don’t have a point guard and that falls on because we lost our point guard obviously 2 year s ago reggie Moore right before school started. And then this year again we lost our point guard. We went out and recruited and I think it starts with that as far as this year’s team.
But you going into a season with more than one point guard, but the other guys we figured minute-wise maybe seven, eight, nine minutes a game and our starting point would be playing just 30+ minutes. Well he’d be a key part to our offense and we lost him and we’re moving forward and they’re trying to become the best point guards they can but it’s not their true positions so it’s difficult.
How could you have helped the point guard situation?
I’ll use Washington as an example. If (Nigel) Williams-Goss goes down I think Andrew Andrews is capable of running the show. And you need more than one point guard, unfortunately we’ve got guys that have never played the point but we thought could be decent backups here and there and could learn on the go.