Let's dedicate this morning's Quack Fix to former Oregon head basketball coach Ernie Kent. Wow, that's weird reading that, isn't it? Anyway, here you go. Happy Wednesday:
- After 13 seasons and a month (or more) of speculation, a statement regarding Ernie Kent's status as head coach of the Oregon men's basketball team was finally issued to the public yesterday, when Oregon Athletic Director Mike Bellotti announced that Kent's contract will not be renewed next season. Kent, the Ducks' all-time winningest coach, also spoke, once again showing his true professionalism, despite coming under fire multiple times in the last five years. Oregon President Richard Lariviere also issued a post from his blog in tribute of Kent's accomplishments.
- LeKendric Longmire was at the press conference, and answered some questions afterwards. He had pretty standard answers across the board, though it seems like he's ready for a fresh start. Like many of the fans, he seems to be sad to see an era end, but excited for a new one to begin.
- Of course, by the evening, the conversation had moved on to who will replace Kent as head coach. I'm putting my money on Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon.
- The Oregon softball team cracked the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, landing at No. 25 this week. Unfortunately, they're the lowest of the seven (SEVEN!) Pac-10 teams ranked.
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