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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - New Washington State basketball coach Ernie Kent says his four years out of coaching have re-energized and re-educated him.

 Kent was introduced Wednesday as the 18th head basketball coach in the history of Washington State.

Kent was fired by Oregon after the 2009-10 season and has since worked as a television analyst.

He says the time away from coaching amounted to a much-needed sabbatical.

Athletic director Bill Moos says Kent signed a five-year contract that will pay him a guaranteed $1.4 million a year and is loaded with incentives. The contract includes a $2 million buyout, and there is also a pool of $650,000 to hire assistants.

Kent replaces Ken Bone, who was fired after five seasons.

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