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AP Source: Washington State fires Kent after 5 seasons

Washington State has fired basketball coach Ernie Kent after five seasons, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity on Thursday night because the school had not announced the decision.

Kent was unable to turnaround the program in his second stint as a head coach in the Pac-12. The Cougars were 58-98 in Kent’s five seasons in charge in Pullman. They went 11-21 this season, which concluded with an 84-51 loss to Oregon in the Pac-12 Tournament on Wednesday night.

Kent had three years remaining on his contract and will be paid $4.2 million as part of his firing.

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