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WSU basketball coach Ernie Kent welcomes the next generation

WSU basketball coach Ernie Kent with granddaughter Taylor Marie Kent. (Courtesy photo)
WSU basketball coach Ernie Kent with granddaughter Taylor Marie Kent. (Courtesy photo)

A good way to draw Ernie Kent’s ire is to remind him that he is the oldest men’s basketball coach in the Pac-12 conference. But Kent, 62, does not mind the latest indicator.

On Monday, June 12, Kent became a grandfather. His son, Marcus Taylor Kent, and daughter-in-law, Laura Marie Kent, gave birth to eight-pound, 20-inch Taylor Marie Kent.

If there is one thing the first-time grandfather knows, it is this: His granddaughter will be a baller.

“She’s got big hands and big feet, so she’s going to be a hooper. I can tell already.” Ernie Kent said on Friday before boarding a flight to Portland. “It’s a joyous moment being a grandparent.”

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