Moos: give Ernie Kent an A grade in Year One

YOU HAVE TO go back to 2010-11 (9-9) to find a season where Washington State won more Pac-12 games than they did in Ernie Kent’s first season (7-11). But that's not the only reason why Bill Moos says Kent gets an A grade for his first season on the Palouse.

“Year One of our new era is in the books and there were a lot of positive aspects to it,” Moos said. “The foundation is being laid for what I feel will be tremendous success in the future. If I were to give him a grade, considering all aspects, it would be in the A range.”

One of those aspects is recruiting.

“We’ve made some tremendous headway in recruiting,” said Moos. “Ernie and his staff are working tirelessly to bring in the top talent to Washington State. And Ernie is working on classes beyond (2015 and 2016). Having seen him bring in the necessary talent before (at Oregon) I believe our fans are in store for some really exciting times in the future.”

On paper, the Cougs are full for the 2015 class. But there can always be attrition beyond the graduating seniors at this time of year so further additions can’t be ruled out yet when the regular signing period opens up on April 15.

“Recruiting is definitely one of Ernie’s greatest talents and I’m not sure there are many that are better in the living room,” said Moos.

Early in the year, when Washington State shot 3-for-33 in the first half in a horrendous 71-43 loss to UC Santa Barbara up in Alaska, few would have predicted the Cougs would post seven Pac-12 wins.

But Moos said he wasn’t surprised at anything Kent did in his first season at Washington State.

“You can take a look at what he had this year and how he maximized it,” said Moos. “He really did a tremendous job in bringing self-confidence back to the majority of our players and letting them have a season they can feel good about.”

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