WSU hoops: Did Bill Moos hint Monday at assistant coaching changes?

WSU ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Bill Moos added to the long-running message board notion change is coming to the men’s basketball program this offseason.

But unlike head coach Ernie Kent, who has alluded in recent weeks to roster changes for next season beyond the graduating seniors, Moos raised the specter of staff changes.

On his weekly radio show on KXLY in Spokane on Monday, Moos talked about the year-end evaluation process he conducts for all sports and on the list of “what might be needed?” in men's hoops he mentioned assistant coaches and stated “if we need to make changes, (or) are we going to lose some.”

To be clear, Moos didn’t elbaorate and by no means came out and said assistant coaching changes involving Curtis AllenGreg Graham and/or Silvey Dominguez were coming. Just like Kent didn’t say player personnel changes were definitely on tap when he broached that subject on a number of occasions in recent weeks. But it doesn’t make sense for Moos or Kent to proactively bring up potential assistant coach and player changes unless both are at the least squarely under consideration.

Moos told KXLY host Derek Deis he is impressed with how hard the Cougars (1-15 in conference games) are playing and that Kent has the right blueprint is in place.

“He's as good a recruiter as I've seen,” added Moos.

The recruiting results for Kent, however, have not yet paid off. Kent has signed 13 players since arriving at WSU two years ago, but none has yet to be termed a difference maker, and only one held an offer from another Pac-12 school  (Conor Clifford, Utah).

That could be why Moos is alluding to staff changes, though Graham, Dominguez and Allen all have reputations as solid recruiters.

If changes were to be made, it no doubt would be painful. Graham both played with and coached for Kent at Oregon and Dominguez was on Kent's staff at St. Mary's in the early '90s. Allen, meanwhile, has been a fixture on the WSU sidelines for seven seasons.

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