Ken Bone fired after five seasons at WSU



Posted on March 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 18 at 7:01 PM

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PULLMAN -- Ken Bone is no longer the head coach at Washington State Unviersity, a school spokesperson confirmed Tuesday morning.

Moos met with Bone at 10 a.m. to inform him of his decision, which came less than a week after Bone finished his fifth season in Pullman.

The Cougars finished 10-21 in 2013-2014, with a 3-15 mark in the Pac-12. Bone finished with an 80-86 record in Pullman and a 29-61 Pac-12 mark.

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Bone was hired in 2009, and had two years left on his contract.

In the fifth year of his seven-year contract, Bone was aware of the uncertainty surrounding his job.  Even though Bone will not return for the 2014-2015 season, WSU will reportedly owe him $1.7 million under the terms of his contract.

WSU’s Athletic Director Bill Moos said he told Bone the school would be making a change Tuesday. 

“We need to revitalize our fan base… [and] position this program to compete for championships,” Moss said in a release.

Moos also said he appreciated Bone's time in Pullman and thanked Bone for his service to the school. He talked a lot Tuesday about the important of recruting the next hire. He said there are more teams in the NCAA Tournament because of talent rather than coaching.

Moos said he wants flash and excitement in the next coach. Moos added he was in the process of lining up conversations with candidates to gauge the interest in the WSU opening.

Moos said the team’s record and attendance at the games swayed his decision to hire a new coach.