Basketball: Oregon AD says Kent safe for now

Oregon athletic director Mike Bellotti said he won’t rush to make a decision about the future of basketball coach Ernie Kent, whose team has dropped five straight games since winning twice on the road to open the Pac-10 Conference season.

Jeff Faraudo

  • uh oh

    I think Ernie has done a good job of expanding the recruiting base and is able to attract a lot of kids thru his up-tempo style of play. He lets his players be players, never better exemplified than by the the Luke Jackson, Luke Ridnour, and Freddy Jones team.

    It’s no secret that top players want to go to a college/coach with an open style of play, instead of pound the ball and screen all day long – those coaches don’t experience as much recruiting success as Kent has experienced.

    However, Kent’s teams have shown poor execution quality, patience, and decision making in recent years, and seemingly not played up to their collective potential.

    It was recommended in his final few years that Ben Braun hire a better X and O guy for the team that would allow the Cal Bear offense to open up and flourish under such talented athletes as Ayinde Ubaka. On the flip side, perhaps Kent can hire someone to be his sergeant and reign the players in.

    …which reminds me a funny scene from the John Ritter movie “Skin Deep” that goes something like this:

    “Scorpion, who couldn’t swim, asked Frog to carry him across the river on his back. Frog said, “Do you think I’m crazy? Halfway across the river, you’ll sting me and I’ll drown.”

    “That’s not reasonable,” said Scorpion. “If I sting you and you drown, I’ll drown too.”

    Frog thought about it and said, “Climb on.”

    Halfway across the river, the scorpion stung the frog, and as the frog was drowning, he said to the scorpion, “But now you’ll drown too.” The scorpion said, “Yes. I know.”

    “That’s not reasonable,” said the frog, and the scorpion replied, “Reason has nothing to do with it. I’m a scorpion. It’s my character.”

  • discdude

    Nice story…I don’t think Kent’s long for the job, 6-12, 7-11, 11-7, 9-9, 2-16 the last 5 years, not looking good this year, the natives are restless. His career mirrors Braun in a lot of ways, outside of the fact that he had a few phenomenal NBA-level players who took them deep in the NCAAs. I’ve never found him to be a tremendous X and O’s coach, but the tempo/pace they played at during a time when UCLA was down, well, it looked good. It’s been a good run, but it might be time for them to switch with the new arena next year. Otoh, maybe they’ll let him stay one more, for old time’s sake, who knows? As a Cal fan, if he stays and wants to post a losing Pac-10 record, I guess I have no problem with that.