Fans, Students Mixed About New WSU Coach

PULLMAN — Many cougar fans were heartbroken when men’s head basketball coast Tony Bennett left Washington State University, and their feelings are mixed about the new coach.

Bennett left last week to accept the head coaching job at the University of Virginia, and On Tuesday afternoon, former University of Portland coach Ken Bone was named the new men’s head basketball coach at WSU.

Some fans have studied up on Bone’s whole career, while others have never heard of him.

“I think he is pretty good from what I have heard. He went to the NCAA [tournament] twice and I think it’s a good choice,” said Emily Logan.

However, while many fans and students are sad to see the old coach leave, many of the ultimately are just excited to cheer on their team no matter who is leading them.

“I am a Cougar. A Cougar is a Cougar regardless, and I will go cheer them on anyway,” Conrad Radgarza said.

Cougar pride and optimism remains strong in Pullman.

“I am still a huge fan. I am expecting them to do very well next year,” Matt Schut said.

Even though is was a quick turn around between Tony Bennett’s departure and Ken Bone’s arrival, fans say they hope people stop dwelling on Bennett’s reign and get excited about a future with bone as the new head coach.