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Sources: Oregon fires Kent
Ernie Kent won 58 percent of his games in 13 seasons at Oregon.Jeff Gross
Kent spent 13 seasons in Eugene and seemingly was on the hot seat for the last half-dozen or so.
He was 235-173 overall, but was just 8-23 last season and 16-16 this year —including a 7-11 mark in Pac-10 play.
"You may find a better basketball coach, but I don't think you'll find anybody that has the passion and love that I have for this university," said Kent, who had to pause for several moments to fight back his emotions.
Kent, 55, led the Ducks to a pair of Elite Eight appearances in 2002 and 2007.
Oregon will open a new building, Matthew Knight Arena, which is named after the son of Nike icon Phil Knight.
Attendance has also dipped from an average of 7,922 in 2008-09 to 7,122 this past season.
Kent was the longest tenured Pac-10 coach. He also played at Oregon from 1973-77, part of the so-called Kamakazi Kids under coach Dick Harter.
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