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Report: Kent out at Oregon

Posted on: March 6, 2010 10:48 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2010 1:32 am

Oregon officials have predictably decided to end Ernie Kent's tenure as head basketball coach, CBS affiliate KVAL reported late Saturday. The station cited sources and said Kent's termination will take effect immediately following Oregon's final game.

According to the report, a formal announcement is expected in the next 48 hours.

Kent is in his 12th season at the school.

The Ducks finished 10th in the Pac-10 last season and ninth this season.

Kent and Oregon athletic director Mike Bellotti both declined comment on the report late Saturday.

Gonzaga's Mark Few is an obvious candidate to replace Kent, but he's passed on the opportunity to move to Oregon multiple times -- including after last season -- and would likely do so again barring a change of heart. One source told that some Oregon officials (and power-brokers at Nike) are enamored with Jay Wright, but nobody thinks the Villanova coach would take the Pac-10 job.

Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon is one established coach who will be a likely candidate.

Minnesota's Tubby Smith is another.

Since: Mar 16, 2010
Posted on: March 24, 2010 6:26 pm

Report: Kent out at Oregon

The last I had heard, Oregon is targeting Tubby Smith to fill the open coaching slot. See ya later Ernie, it was definitely time for him to hit the road, decent recruiter but not anywhere near a good enough coach for the Pac 10.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2010 12:45 am

Report: Kent out at Oregon

good post.  agreed.  Oregon has new facilities, and there's alot of talent in the pacific northwest.  Lute Olson & Arizona recruited some really big names out of there for years....Damon & Salim Stoudemire, Jason Terry, Michael Dickerson i believe, and many more...., and Oregon does have some tradition.  Not great tradition, but still alot of wins there with some good teams in the late 90's, early to mid

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2010 12:32 pm

Report: Kent out at Oregon

Personally, I am still pondering the depth of the comment on Few: he'll probably turn the job down again unless he has a change of heart. (emphasis added)

Wow.  Is there anything more meaningless than that?  Way to CYA, Gary.

Like the list, redmedicine, but I can't see Lavin coming to the rescue of the Oregon program just yet.

Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2010 12:11 pm

Report: Kent out at Oregon

While a Jay Wright or a Tubby Smith or a Mark Turgeon seem like odd candidates, here are a list of coaches I could definitely see at Oregon:

1) Brad Stevens of Butler - how is this wonderkid not near the top of everybody's list
2) Randy Bennett of St. Mary's - a west coast guy, has already had a lot of success with that program
3) Stew Morrill of Utah State - a bit older, and while recruiting is not his strong suit he is one of the best coaches in the sport
4) Tony Barbee of UTEP - he has done a lot with that program in the last year
5) Steve Lavin ESPN Analyst - i think the announcing gig really hasn't hurt his career all that much, and he has the same "I'm coming back to the Pac-10" vibe as Mike Montgomery

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2010 11:56 pm

Report: Kent out at Oregon

Hey Gopher.  I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and I currently live in MN.  The great environment between University of Oregon and University of Minnesota is in Eugene.  It's a classic "college town" with Nike dollars.  Minneapolis is a nice city but it's not a setting that attracts top-tier college athletes (they can't even get great hockey recruits anymore).  There are too many distractions in the Twin Cities.  The Gophers just opened up a beautiful new football stadium and they couldn't even get fans to show up.  That's why the Gophers are constantly looking up at Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Michigan State in the standings.  Tubby would be a complete idiot to stay with the Gophers rather than take the Oregon job.  Better weather, better college environment, and better facilities.  The only factor that might be a deal-breaker is gasoline.  Tubby seems like a man who likes to pump his own gas: you can't do that in Oregon.  

Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2010 5:27 pm

Report: Kent out at Oregon

Why would a Jayhawk fan make such a comment? Cal moving to KY enabled the Jayhawks to get one of the best players they've had in a while.

Plus what would they catch him doing, the last thing I read," course it hasn't been thrown around a lot since it doesn't fit the current agenda" Calipari was who actually Reported Camby and as far as the current situation at Memphis Cal was also cleared of any involvement there.

I don't understand what would provoke such a statement out of the Blue, Calipari has stayed at his coaching stops much longer than most college coaches today. Plus each time he has moved it has been for a better job, so as logic would have it my guess would be Calipari will retire from coaching after he finishes at KY since there isn't another stop any better than his current job.

As Calipari said, after playing KY in Rupp Arena while coaching at UMass he couldn't believe the atmosphere and wanted to coach there some day because it was just unbelievable. Plus with their tradition and it being the winningest program in college basketball (not to mention the fact he's already the highest paid coach in college basketball) why would he want to take another job even if they did offer him more money. He's got the best job in the business and he's already making plenty of money.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2010 2:09 pm

Report: Kent out at Oregon

you're kidding me right? tubby smith at oregon? he is a great fit at minnesota, and there is no chance that he will leave a great environment in minnesota to go out to oregon of all places.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2010 1:47 pm

Report: Kent out at Oregon

The perfect coach is none of these.
 I have one who is a west coast man, very media savvy, a crowd pleaser who would boost attendance and interest. He has been a  master recruiter. He has contacts with Nike and is not currently working. As a player he had a masterful stroke  and could take it to the hole. He was versatile on offense but might have to brush up on man-to-man defense.
Of course its Eldrick Woods!
I mean it is working for Isaiah at FIU.

Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2010 12:26 pm

Report: Kent out at Oregon

one long shot reason, is the brand new basketball stadium that will open next year.  Oregon definitely needs to hire a big name or someone proven.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2010 11:42 am

Report: Kent out at Oregon

Three reasons Oregon basketball is a sleeping giant - (1)Great facilities, including a new on campus arena that will become the standard. (2)Phil Knight and the Nike brand - for many athletes the curriculum or social environment at the university is secondary to shoe affiliation (Adidas or Nike). (3) Coach - Keeping in-state studs at home is a must (Kyle Singler, Kevin Love, Mike Moser, etc), must run an up tempo offense to attract elite level recruits and, most importanty. must make an immediate impact. Oregon's current roster is much better than their record indicates, the talent is there for a good coach with a system to win next season. Short list - Lon Kruger (UNLV), Steve Alford (New Mexico), Keno Davis (Providence), Randy Bennett (St. Mary's) or Trent Johnson (LSU). 

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