Ernie Kent, I Can’t Take it Anymore (Cal Edition)


Editors Note: The Stanford edition will be available immediately following the Cardinal’s blow out of our lowly ducks on Saturday.

Ernie Kent knows there’s no draft lottery in college basketball, right?

The level of suckitude that Oregon is displaying on the court right now is embarrasing. So much for the best place for a struggling team to be is on the road, right Ernie?

I just sat through another absolutely awful game of Oregon basketball.

Swatted.

Swatted.

Poor shooting, poor defense, poor screens, poor rolls, poor just about everything. And you know what the worst part is? I’m not even the least bit surprised.

This is what I’ve come to expect of an Ernie Kent coached team the last few years. Without a superstar creator to open up the half-court offense or dominate the fast break, the team looks lost.

It’s simple: no Lukes or no Aaron Brooks = no winning team.

I don’t know how much longer we have to wait before Mike Belotti and the athletic department does anything about it.

Look, I know Kent is Oregon born and bred, and there is this pipe dream that it would be some sort of basketball romance if he could lead us to the promise land. But he keeps disappointing us.  It’s gotten to the point where fans are starting to accept futility.

I asked fellow students today if they were going to watch the game tonight and the number one response I got was, “There’s no point, we’re just gonna get blown out anyway.”

This is beyond the point of acceptable. When fans lose interest, even interest in being outraged, things are bad.

And tonight is my breaking point.

There was this giant façade of improvement with a 10-4 record in the pre-season, but if you look a little deeper, you’ll see that we played a schedule that even Joe Paterno and Urban Meyer would cringe looking at.

Not a single ranked team played, not a single win over a team with an ounce of respectability. Their strength of schedule ranks a pitiful 167th.

When you have to decide if your best non-conference win is against Oakland or Colorado State, that’s just pathetic.

And the only reason I can think of why Kent would play a schedule so pathetic is that he wanted to pile up a bunch of easy wins to save face, and his job.

The team combined to shoot 1-18 from the 3-point line. Give them credit for persistence, I guess, but that is not acceptable.

On offense, players are setting screens without making contact with the defenders, and then forgetting to roll to the basket. They’re starting plays 15 feet behind the three-point line, so by the time they run the play, what should be a lay-up is a contested fade away 20-footer.

On defense, they aren’t making adjustments. At the end of the first half, Cal was up 48-21. Were they trying to help Cal show up Seattle U?

Oregon State lost to Seattle U by 51 points, but you know what Craig Robinson did? He and his team were ready for Oregon the next game. They were hungry for a win.

Looking at Oregon tonight coming off three straight losses to Oregon State and the Arizona Schools,  they seemed ambivalent. There’s no fire, no motivation, no sense of urgency.

The final was Cal 89, Oregon 57. Gross.

I’m sorry Ernie Kent, but you’re time is through in Eugene. You can take your perpetual disappointed, incredulous, sourpuss face somewhere else.

We can’t afford to have our program at this level of apathy with a $200 million Matthew Court Arena on the way for next year.

I’m tired of you. And I’m not the only one.

I got a tweet tonight from @NorcalDuck who wrote: “Went to the game. I’ve never seen anything like that. Complete ass kicking. No organization. No drive. Nothing. Emberassing.”

And this is after he sent me this after the Arizona State game: “Ernie Kent needs to go. It’s hard to respect the program when you can’t respect the coach.”

I think that sums it up.

From now on I’m going to root for the other team like a Detroit Lions fan in December, just so we can move on from the Ernie Kent era.

On the bright side, at least this is giving me something to write about. Gotta find the positives in life, right? Even if they aren’t Oregon basketball.

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3 responses

  1. Will Belotti have enough spine to pull the trigger soon? If he thinks firing EK will be tough for him to do, what about being an AD with a brand spanking new arena and 3,000 people in it?

    Now, Mike. Now.

  2. The Cal loss was more then I could take. It was just a terrible effort and performance. That’s been the theme of the entire season really. Changes need to be made and that has to start with Ernie Kent being fired.

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