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Commentary: WSU hoops a rebuilding project unlike any other

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Ernie Kent, who is somewhat familiar with Houdini escapes, Monday accepted a challenge of a similar magnitude, that of rebuilding the sagging Washington State men’s basketball program.

The Cougars hired Kent, 59, to pull themselves out of an abyss of losing and irrelevance in Pac-12 basketball, following a season that saw them finish 11th on the floor and last, by about a mile and a half, in attendance.

Kent went to two Elite Eights in a 13-year run at Oregon,…

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