It's been a rough season for Ken Bone and the WSU men's basketball team, but he remains as open and candid as ever. Some coaches in his position would sidestep questions about job security, his performance and the future. Bone, however, answered those and other questions openly during an appearance on the Steve Sandmeyer Show.
Bone said he's focused on his job and hasn't spent time reading what the media, blogs and Twitter are saying. Just because he hasn't read it, doesn't mean he isn't aware it exists.
"I'm sure there's a lot of criticism," Bone said. "And I guess I deserve it. We're 2-13 in league and that's not good enough. If people want to criticize me, I'm fine with that. I should have been able to do a better job up to this point."
When it comes to changes, Bone said the biggest basketball change he would have made would to be put more resources into recruiting internationally. Dexter Kernich-Drew is the only international prospect WSU has signed during Bone's tenure. James Hunter is also from Australia, but he came to WSU from Gillette College in Wyoming. The Cougars recruited Washington and California heavily under Bone, while also adding transfers.
While he said he could be better, Bone still considers himself to be a good coach. He added that he's probably received more praise than he deserved when things are going well and more criticism than what's warranted when things are bad. He spoke very candidly about Bill Moos, saying he and Moos have a good relationship, but Moos has to do whatever is best for WSU and Bone will have to live with it.
In classic Ken Bone form, he did it all while interjecting some humor. When discussing Moos, he mentioned that one of Moos' sons is friends with one of Bone's daughters.
"His youngest son is really good friends with my youngest daughter. Not too good of friends."
The entire interview is worth a listen and can be found at the bottom of this link.
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