Cougar Athletics seeks approval to spend an additional half a million dollars to hire a new men’s basketball coach

The Washington State University Regents are being asked to increase the athletics department budget by a half a million dollars to hire a new men’s basketball coach.  The regents are scheduled to hold a special meeting Thursday morning to consider the request.

According to a report to the board Cougar Athletics wants to increase their current budget, “for the purposes of hiring a men’s basketball coaching staff.”  Several sources are speculating that University of San Francisco Coach Kyle Smith will be the Cougars next coach.  WSU Athletics has not announced the hire.  Ernie Kent was fired as Cougar men’s basketball coach earlier this month.  The request to spend the additional money only applies to the rest of the fiscal year which ends June 30th.

Washington State law requires that budget adjustments costing more than a quarter million dollars for public higher education athletics departments must receive regent’s approval.  The WSU Regents will consider the request Thursday morning at 11:00 during a teleconference meeting from the French Administration building room 422B.


Mike Wolcott