Posted on: March 16, 2010 4:15 pm
Edited on: March 16, 2010 4:18 pm
Oregon has scheduled a 6:30 p.m. ET press conference on campus, at which point athletic director Mike Belotti is expected to announce that Ernie Kent will longer be the school's basketball coach.
Bellotti and Kent will both attend the press conference.
Kent spent 13 seasons coaching Oregon.
He made five NCAA tournaments, two Elite Eights.
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 CBSSports.com 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.
Posted on: April 1, 2009 7:59 pm
DETROIT -- Ernie Kent owes Mark Few a Thank You card.
As you might've read, Kent will be retained as Oregon's basketball coach, but sources told CBSSports.com that the job was Few's if he wanted it. In other words, had Few told Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny that he would leave Gonzaga for Oregon, Kilkenny would've fired Kent and hired Few. As it is, Few made it clear that he was only interested in staying at Gonzaga or possibly moving to Arizona, so Oregon announced on Wednesday that it's retaining Kent, who really owes Few in a big way.
Thirty percent of his salary sounds about right.
Posted on: November 18, 2008 2:16 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2008 4:57 pm
Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: How hot is that seat now for Dennis Felton?
Hotter than it was at this time yesterday, I assure you.
Of course, Billy is talking about Georgia's 74-53 loss to Loyola of Chicago, which was not a good development Monday for a man who by all accounts would've been removed after last season if not for an improbable run that resulted in an SEC tournament title. A week in, it looks like the SEC is going to be down (and not nearly as good as I initially thought). But a Georgia team that can't handle Loyola of Chicago is a Georgia team that likely won't be able to win many games even in a weak SEC, which could get the Anthony Grant-to-Georgia rumors flying sometime around January.
On this subject, it should be pointed out that four of the 10 men I referenced in the Coaches on the hot seat column already have losses to inferior opponents. In addition to Felton, Tom Penders (at Houston) opened with a loss to Georgia Southern, Ernie Kent (at Oregon) took a loss against Oakland and Mark Gottfried (at Alabama) opened with a loss to Mercer. That's no way to settle a skeptical fan base, which is why all four would be wise to get things turned around ASAP.