Looks like it's close but no cigar yet again for Ernie Kent, as the former Oregon head coach tries to get back into coaching in college basketball.
According to a source, Kent 'went to bed on Tuesday night thinking he had the job', only to learn this morning that the deal he thought he had with the school was no more. CBSSports.com reported that Kent's hiring had been vetoed by a high ranking administrator, and that athletic director Jack Graham had decided to go with former Iowa State head coach Larry Eustachy.
A source tells KVAL Sports that Kent had begun to contact prospective members of the coaching staff that would join him in Ft. Collins. Kent had previously been a finalist for jobs at Wake Forest, and UNLV, and was mentioned in connection with openings at Southern Illinois and Wyoming.
Kent was at Oregon, his alma mater, for 13 seasons, leading the Ducks to two Elite Eight appearances, the school's first regular season conference crown since 1945, and two Pac-10 tournament championships. He was fired by then athletic director Mike Bellotti in March of 2010.