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Tonight against Idaho, Ernie Kent will do something that's never really been done in sports... For a good cause.

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Last September, Ernie Kent did something unexpected: He agreed to become the head coach of the Idaho Vandals... For one play.

Kent paid $2000 in a Coaches vs. Cancer auction to coach Idaho for a day in a special cancer awareness game. That game just so happened to be the matchup against Washington State.

"For $2,000, December 7th, in Pullman, I want to be at shootaround, sit on your bench, and that first play, I will guarantee you Josh Hawkinson will get a dunk," Kent told Verlin after winning the auction.

The Cougs will face the Vandals tonight for the 111th consecutive season and we'll get to see exactly what the teams have on tap for the promotion tonight at 7 o'clock. Always the promoter, Ernie Kent left fans in suspense as to what exactly will happen tonight at Beasley. "We'll do something right before the jump ball of the game and leave it at that. Exactly what that is... People need to come to the game and find that one out."

The Cougars are hoping to avoid falling to the Vandals for a third straight season, but tonight, it's about something more. Both head coaches lost their fathers to cancer and it's obviously a cause very near and dear to their hearts.

Tipoff is set for 7 o'clock from Pullman with TV coverage on the Pac-12 Network.

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