Kent's Contract Extended Through 2010

EUGENE – University of Oregon Athletic Director Bill Moos announced on Thursday he has exercised the rollover option in the contract of men's basketball coach Ernie Kent, extending the contract through 2010.

"Ernie Kent is an outstanding leader for our men's basketball program and I have been tremendously impressed and proud of the direction we have taken during his tenure," Moos said. "I could not be more pleased with Ernie and I am excited about what the future holds for Oregon men's basketball."

"My passion for this university, community, and state has never been stronger," Kent said. "I have always considered Oregon my home and always considered it an honor to serve as the head coach at this university. I am very committed to making our men's basketball program one of the strongest programs in the country. I greatly appreciate the support this university and its leadership has given me and I look forward to a very exciting and rewarding career at the University of Oregon. We have a great group of student athletes all of whom are returning and it has been a privilege to coach each of these young men.

"On a personal note, my family and I have gone through some difficult times that we continue to work through," Kent added. "I ask for respect from the community, all Oregon basketball fans and the news media to allow my family to work through these matters privately. While these challenges have been a personal strain, they have not had any impact on the progress of our men's basketball program. Our recruiting is going very well, we have an outstanding returning class of student athletes and we continue to have strong support from our fans. Our recruiting for the November signing period is on track to be very successful and I believe the potential success of this year's team will continue to allow us to recruit on a nation-wide basis for years to come."

"Our commitment and support of Ernie has never been a question," Moos continued. "I can personally attest to the integrity and leadership Ernie demonstrates for our student athletes."

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