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"Was Ernie The Wrong Duck To Shoot?"

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - MARCH 21:  Head coach Ernie Kent of the Oregon Ducks reacts during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the first round of the South Regional as part of the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Alltel Arena on March 21, 2008 in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Hayden KimCorrespondent IIIMarch 27, 2010

The Oregon Duck's finished the 2009-10 season 16-16 and 7-11 in a very weak Pac-10. Now im guessing most people forgot about the great start the Duck's had in the begginning by leading the Pac-10 at one point and it looked as though Ernie was going to avoid yet another threat of being fired. The Duck's went into Spokane with a sense of urgency and confidence. Malcolm Armstead a transfer from a JC college just this year led the Duck's the whole game against the nationally ranked Washington Huskies and he made all the plays the Duck's needed at any given moment without any sign of slowing down. The Duck's kept their streak alive and led the Pac-10 at 3-0 and Armstead was the unknown hero with 21 points going 9-17 from the field. The Duck's really looked good after a rough pre-season.

The Duck's next oppenent was their arch enemy, the Oregon State Beaver's coached by newly appointed head coach Craig Robinson, Obama's brother in law were expected to be much better than last year, came into Mac Court with an attitude to knock off the king of the Pac-10. Everyone at Mac Court was fired up expecting another win against their most hated team and surprisingly came up short handed and received their first loss in the year in Pac-10 play, this was the beggining of the end for Coach Kent.

After the loss to the Beaver's the Duck's had a shaky season and finished 7-11 in Pac-10 play after losing to California in the second round of the Pac-10 Tourny. Throughout the season people kept complaining that Kent may recruit well but was a horrible in season coach and explained that this Oregon Duck team though young could obviosuly play but was being wasted because of poor coaching.

Two weeks before the Cal game there were many rumors flying around that Ernie had been unofficially fired and was told to just finish out the season. No one was shocked that this had happened and at the conclusion of the Cal game he was officially announced fired within a couple days.

The Duck's now look for a new coach and names such as Mark Few, the coach of Gonzaga and many well known names have been mentioned i believe that none of these coaches will want to come to Oregon just merely for money and the newly built arena and that we will not find many coaches better then Coach Kent, but thats just me.

No one denies that Ernie had changed the program forever and everyone thanks him for his professinalism throughout the recent tough years but for better or worse it was time for a change.

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