Report: Kent on way out of Oregon

Updated: March 10, 2010, 12:55 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Oregon's next loss will reportedly be the last for Ernie Kent with the Ducks.

The embattled coach told his players he will not return to Eugene next season, a source told The Oregonian on Tuesday.

The Ducks take on Washington State Wednesday in the Pac-10 tournament.

"It'll be important for us to get out on the road," Kent said, according to the paper, "because I think it'll be a little bit better for them to kind of drown out the noise, and they'll come together a little bit more."

Speculation has been swirling that Oregon's winningest coach would be replaced after this season, but Kent and athletic director Mike Bellotti would not address the rumors.

The Ducks are 15-15 in Kent's 13th season at the helm. He played at the school from 1973-77. Kent, 55, has led the Ducks to a school-best 234-172 record, and he is the longest tenured Pac-10 coach. He has taken Oregon to the NCAA tournament five times, but the team has finished in 10th and ninth place, respectively, over the last two seasons.

Eugene's KVAL-TV reported last week that Bellotti told Kent he would not return as coach next season on Feb. 22.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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