WSU hoops: Bill Moos says he will enact Ernie Kent's rollover clause

BILL MOOS didn’t hesitate. Asked on a conference call with reporters if he would enact the rollover clause in men’s basketball coach Ernie Kent’s contract after a tough season for Washington State on the hardwood, Moos answered immediately in the affirmative.

“I’ll roll it, yes,” said Moos.

The rollover clause enables a coach a perpetual 5-year contract, something Moos has stressed as important to recruiting in both football and basketball.  Kent previously had his contract rolled over after his first season in Pullman. His contract calls for an annual base compensation of $1.4 million.

Kent went 9-22, 1-17 in his second year at Washington State with the Cougs finishing the season on a 17-game losing streak, second-longest in program history. 

Moos said he has not yet met with Kent for his annual review, adding that any assistant coaching changes “would be Ernie’s decision.”

Kent said  following WSU’s season-ending loss in the Pac-12 tournament he didn’t anticipate making any coaching changes.

Kent has two scholarship openings he is expected to fill in the regular signing period (April 13–May 18) with the departures of Ny Redding and Renard Suggs. Kent previously signed PG Milan Acquaah and F Jeff Pollard in the early signing period in November.

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