Being the son of Ernie Kent and one of Kent's former players, Jordan Kent has a unique perspective on the new WSU head coach. The younger Kent is now a TV analyst for Comcast Sports Northwest and the former Duck talked to the Oregonian recently and was asked about his dad's move to Pullman:
I definitely have a little more crimson in my closet. I'm excited for him. His last couple years at Oregon you don't realize how tough the Pac-10 was at that time. You had lottery picks on every single team except for Oregon at that time. The conference, not nearly at brutal as it used to be, for him at Washington State if he can just get a couple guys up there that know the game and can shoot the ball and run the floor, you got a chance.
Jordan Kent isn't exactly the most unbiased observer, but the point he makes is valid. The Pac-12 isn't what it used to be, which should make rebuilding a little easier. Depending on how much you read between the lines, Kent may have implied the Cougars don't currently have the pieces in place. Saying WSU needs to "get a couple guys up there" could mean WSU still needs the players. It could also mean there is just development needed. Most likely that is way more value you should take from a throwaway comment from a guy answering questions at his youth sports camp.
Pac-12 Ultimate Road Trip in 2014: Week 4 - ESPN
With a third of the league on bye this week, we have scattered conference and nonconference games on the docket. While all of them are exciting for the teams and fan bases involved, there isn’t a ton of national appeal for Cal at Arizona or Oregon at Washington State.
Washington State: The Cougars backup QB situation has gone from good to worrisome since the end of the 2013 season. First, Austin Apodaca opted to transfer, probably because he heard footsteps from redshirt freshman Tyler Bruggman. Then Bruggman also bolted, perhaps because he didn't like getting outplayed by walk-on Luke Falk during spring practices. As it is, the Cougs would prefer for Connor Halliday to stay healthy.
Your dad (former Oregon coach Ernie Kent) is now the head coach for the men's basketball team at Washington State. What's the outlook for the Cougars?
Washington State men’s golf student-athlete Sang Lee will join teammate Michael Anderson at the Pacific Coast Amateur being held place July 22-25, 2014 at Pine Canyon Club. The tournament will be a 72-hole event that will play at par-72 and 7,272 yards.