Ernie Kent and Greg Graham go waaaay back

PULLMAN -- George Raveling, the esteemed Cougar basketball coach of the 1970s and '80s, will be back in Beasley tonight for Washington State's exhibition game against Pacific of Oregon, and his flashbacks may be tinted green and yellow as well as crimson and gray.

That's because two guys on the Cougar bench -- head coach Ernie Kent and assistant coach Greg Graham -- were both players on Dick Harter's Oregon teams that waged some memorable battles with Raveling's Cougars.

This season marks the 16th that Kent and Graham have played or coached together.

They spent four years together at Oregon as part of the fabled "Kamikaze Kids" team of the 1970s and then teamed up as coaches at St.Mary's for five seasons when Kent was the head man there. They spent another five seasons coaching at Oregon before Graham left to become head coach at Boise State in 2002.

Graham led Boise State for eight years, winning 142 games and guiding the 2008 Broncos to a school-record 25 wins and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1994.

He and Kent are far more than just colleagues, however. They are close friends who helped raise each others' kids, Graham told Cougfan.com in this recent interview ...


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